War Ends wins in Style at Doomben!

Aug 05, 2012

It's been a tough 18 months for Toby Edmonds but the future is now looking a lot brighter for the Gold Coast trainer.

Edmonds was back in the winners' stall at Doomben on Saturday when former Melbourne sprinter War Ends scored a hard fought win in the Rohrig Construction Handicap (1200m).

War Ends, ridden by Eddie Wilkinson, broke through for his first win in four starts for Edmonds since being transferred from leading Melbourne trainer Mark Kavanough.

As a yearling, the son of Redoute's Choice went through the Inglis sales for $400,000 in 2008.

However, the six-year-old is still a long way short of recouping his outlay with $253,608 in the bank with six wins and four placings from 24 starts.

"He's a real enigma but he's got plenty of ability," Edmonds said.

"He just doesn't try his hardest all the time.

"But getting back to a dry track certainly helped him today and I think half his problem was that he was left a colt for too long."

Edmonds, whose last Saturday winner in town was with Vaarwel in late March, believes War Ends is still a work in progress but feels he's capable of winning a decent race in Queensland.

"I'll probably freshen him up now and if he can get to 1600 metres again there's quite a few options with him," he said.

"There's some nice races coming up later in the year like the Brisbane and Recognition Handicaps."

War Ends is already proven over the distance winning the Listed Murray Bridge Cup in October last year.

Edmonds has endured a roller-coaster ride for the past 18 months since his departure as head trainer in Queensland for Patinack Farm.

But as one door closed, another opened for Edmonds who has steadily built a team of 20 horses in work at the Gold Coast.

"I'd like to build my team up to 40 or 50 and get a lot more quality horses," Edmonds said.

"I've had a lot of second hand horses but I'm really keen to get some quality again."

Although War Ends was one of the outsiders of the field, Edmonds was always confident the former Victorian would run well.

"I thought he would be hard to beat if he put his best foot forward," Edmonds said.

"The problem with him is that doesn't happen all that often."