Interstate plans for Edmonds' pair?

Jul 26, 2016

Stakes races in Sydney during the spring or the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast in January?

That’s the question trainer Toby Edmonds hopes Sagaronne (pictured) will resolve when she clashes with stablemate Mr Epic at Doomben on Saturday.

Sagaronne was a late scratching from a three-year-old race won by Mr Epic at Eagle Farm on July 16 and will be having her first start in more than a month when she contests the BRC Membership QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap (1600m).

“The track was pretty heavy when she was due to run at Eagle Farm and I didn’t want to risk ruining her campaign on a heavy track,” Edmonds said.

“She’s got 56.5 kilos so she’s still well placed in the weights being a Group 1 placegetter.

“Jeff Lloyd is riding her and he was pretty happy after he rode her in a gallop yesterday.

“Jeff’s trying to win the premiership so I’m happy to have him on board.”

Edmonds originally planned to give Sagaronne only a light campaign before targeting the Magic Millions on her home track but is now toying with a Sydney campaign.

“I’ve been very happy with her and she’s very clean winded,” he said.

“I just want to get past Saturday first before deciding whether she goes for the Magic Millions or some Stakes races for fillies and mares in Sydney.”

Sagaronne failed in four Melbourne appearances last spring after earning a trip away following her second to Press Statement in last year’s Group 1 J J Atkins at Doomben.

While Edmonds is tossing up about a Sydney trip for Sagaronne, it’s an interstate trip of a different kind awaiting Mr Epic.

Mr Epic will be striving for a hat-trick of wins and could be aimed for the Ballina Cup (1600m) on September 8.

“His owner, Dr Bob Watson, comes from Lennox Head so the Ballina Cup would be an ideal race for him,” Edmonds said.

Mr Epic was ridden by Matt McGuren when the three-year-old won at Eagle Farm last start but claiming apprentice Josh Oliver will partner him in the last QTIS race of the season.

“He’s got 59.5 kilos so three kilos off will bring him right into the race again,” Edmonds said.

“He and Sagaronne are both going well so I can’t separate them.”

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