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Aug 04, 2013

Edmonds predicts bigger things ahead for Knockout

Trainer Toby Edmonds was quick to predict better things were ahead in Queensland for Knockabout following the former Sydneysider's dominant victory at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Knockabout was having his first start for Edmonds and easily accounted for his opposition in the Smiths Snackvend Class Four Handicap (1100m).

The four-year-old produced a powerful display to easily down Conhenri by 4-1/2 lengths with Magic Ivy a neck away third.

Knockabout was formerly trained in Sydney by Bjorn Baker but was sent north in search of easier pickings by his owner Stuart Ramsay after registering two wins and five placings from 10 starts.

"I've been training for Stuart for about 12 months and I've currently got a couple of his in work," Edmonds said.

"Stuart didn't think he was measuring up to the Sydney class so he sent him to me."

Knockabout, who was withdrawn from the Magic Millions sales at the Gold Coast in 2011, was having his first start since finishing with the tailenders in the G2 Tulloch Stakes (2200m) at Rosehill on April 6.

The son of Snitzel was a winner over 1900 metres at Canterbury only three starts ago and was also placed at the same track and distance prior to his Tulloch Stakes defeat.

Despite dropping back in distance, Edmonds was always confident the four-year-old would acquit himself well first-up.

"I've tried to barrier trial him three times but every time the trials were washed out," Edmonds said.

"This run today was really like a barrier trial for him.

"I've got no doubt he's a Saturday class horse up here and we'll find something for him down the track.

"I haven't had a good look at the program but there might even be something suitable for him on Exhibition day.

"I wasn't that worried about the race being over 1100 metres but I was a little concerned he didn't have the fitness yet."

Edmonds believes the Brisbane summer series could be a suitable long term target for Knockabout if he acquits himself well in Saturday grade.

"He'll go even better once he gets out in distance," he said.

"I think 1600 metres should be ideal for him so the summer carnival might be a nice option."

As well as the summer series, The Listed Brisbane Handicap (1600m) and Listed Recognition Stakes in November could also be on his agenda.

Story by Glenn Davis, via Racing Queensland

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