Emerald Stride shines bright in Redwood Classic to take out win

The team behind 2018 Redwood Classic winner Emerald Stride celebrates her win after presentations.

The Maryborough Harness Racing club’s prestigious Red- wood Carnival has impressed yet again with a big crowd and a photo finish for the marquee race.

Around 1400 race-goers attended the two day event and Maryborough Harness Racing Club secretary Les Chapman said the club is “very happy with a crowd that size”.

“There’s a psyche around Redwood Day, it is an industry event. It’s the Maryborough club’s baby so to speak,” he said.

“We’re very happy that everybody who could come turned up for the 11-card draw on Redwood Day.”

The crowd was up from last year’s carnival, with 200 people who made the journey via the train dubbed the Redwood Rattler.

A total of 21 races ran throughout carnival held on Friday and Sunday with $269,000 worth of prize money shared.

Despite the trying conditions, Chapman said the track “stood up really well”.

“The outstanding part of Friday’s race meet was driver Nathan Jack who drove four winners, which is a big achievement,” he said.

“By the time we got up on Saturday for the trials, the track was in absolutely perfect condition and remained that way.”

The carnival’s highlight race, the Redwood Classic, had a photo finish with Emerald Stride coming out in front on Sunday.

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