Happy homecoming leaves Edmonds in dilemma

Nov 28, 2009

Happy homecoming leaves Edmonds in dilemma 28th November 2009, 6:32 pm By Glenn Davis BRISBANE, Nov 28 AAP -

Underrated Sydney mare Conquering Queen gave trainer Toby Edmonds a happy homecoming but left him with a dilemma following her all-the-way win in the Listed Leo Williams Memorial Plate at Eagle Farm. Edmonds trained at the Gold Coast for six years before he transferred to Sydney in 2000. Jockey Brad Pengelly didn't plan to lead on the daughter of Invincible Spirit but had no cause for concern once he took her to the front. "The plan wasn't to lead but as it turned out it was the best option," Pengelly said. "After the 700 metres she relaxed beautifully and she's got a brilliant turn of foot." Conquering Queen was never threatened at any stage of the 1200-metre feature and went on to down Gold Coast mare Fuhrnatic by four lengths. Conquering Queen was on her best behaviour despite having a history of barrier problems. She was a late scratching from the Listed Promenade Stakes at Flemington on VRC Oaks day but Edmonds has always believed the four-year-old was capable of winning a feature race. "That was impressive to win from her wide barrier and I'll see how she pulls up before I decide if she backs up next week in the (Group Three) George Moore Stakes at Doomben," Edmonds said. "If I don't run her I'll put her away and get her ready for the (Group One) Robert Sangster in Adelaide next year. "She's a good on-pace filly and she's very fast if used that way. "We took her to Melbourne for the spring but she played up behind the barrier and had to be scratched in the Promenade Stakes at Flemington on Oaks day."