Edmonds strikes at Coast

Feb 19, 2012

FORMER Patinack Farm galloper Vaarwel had the bookies on the back foot when he resumed in brilliant fashion for new trainer Toby Edmonds at the Gold Coast this afternoon.
Heavily backed from $5 to run the $2.50 favourite, Vaarwel won as he liked in fast time in the Motor Neurone Disease Qld Class 1 Hcp (900m).
Edmonds always liked the son of Flying Spur when he worked for Patinack Farm’s Queensland operation a few seasons back.
Originally a $115,000 purchase at the 2008 Magic Millions sale, Edmonds purchased Vaarwel for $14,500 when Patinack put him through the National Racehorse Sale on the Gold Coast in January.
“Toby always liked this horse when he was with Patinack and that’s why we were keen to buy him when he went through the sale in January,’’ said part-owner Dale Streten.
“He trialled well here the other week and we were pretty confident. He’s bolted in and run just a tick outside the class record.’’
Vaarwel clocked a sizzling 50.50seconds today which wasn’t far off the 20-year-old class record of 49.96 held by Merlady. Tornado Alley holds the course record of 49.66secs.
Ridden today by Matt Paget, Vaarwel cruised away in the straight to score by 4-1/4 lengths from Twenty Two Red ($15) with Sunsets On Fire a neck away third.


Story courtesy of Neil Archer