Magic Millions Aim For Sagaronne
Jul 14, 2016
Trainer Toby Edmonds is hopeful Sagaronne is on the right path to regaining form ahead of her clash with stablemate Mr Epic in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Plate at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Edmonds is reluctant to separate the pair but is confident Sagaronne will be highly competitive following her last start fourth in the Listed Daybreak Lover at Eagle Farm last month.
The form guides say Sagaronne was second up in the Daybreak Lover after she failed to beat a runner home at the Gold Coast a fortnight earlier.
“She was actually first-up in the Daybreak Lover and she ran a good race,” Edmonds said.
“Something happened and she bucked at the Gold Coast and never competed in the race.
“Her run in the Daybreak Lover was good. She travelled nicely but got a squeeze up from the winner on the home turn.
“I think Mr Epic and Sagaronne will both be highly competitive.”
Mr Epic was successful at Rockhampton last start where he proved too strong for local hero Legal Procedure.
“He’s a good honest horse who always tried hard,” Edmonds said.
“He’s suited under the set weight conditions. If it had been a handicap he’d have a lot more weight.
“The Rocky win was only his second run this time in and he should improve sharply from the run.”
Edmonds believes there’s little between the pair and luck will play a big part in the result.
“Sagaronne has been running in Group races most of her career and you would think she would have the edge,” he said.
‘But Mr Epic is so honest you can’t ever leave him out.”
Edmonds is undecided about Sagaronne’s immediate future after she failed in four Melbourne appearances last spring.
Sagaronne earned a trip to Melbourne after being runner-up to Press Statement in last year’s Group 1 J J Atkins at Doomben.
However, she failed to meet Edmonds’ expectations in the south failing in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes before the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude and Group 1 Thousand Guineas.
Her Melbourne campaign ended with a sixth to Jameka in the Group 2 The Vase at Moonee Valley in October.
“She’s been a bit disappointing since her two-year-old days so I’m planning to give her a light preparation this spring,” Edmond said.
“She’s Magic Millions qualified so a race like the Stayer’s Cup looks appealing.”