Edmonds-Lloyd strike again with Eagle Farm double
Oct 22, 2016
The Toby Edmonds-Jeff Lloyd partnership struck again when Prompt Return and Better Land were successful at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Prompt Return made it three wins from five starts this campaign with a decisive three-quarters of a length win over Wicked Intent in the DPMA Open Handicap (1000m).
The pair later combined to win the Nugrow Class Three Plate (1200m) with former Victorian Better Land (pictured).
Better Land powered home to win his first start for Edmonds with an easy half length win over Say You Love Me.
Edmonds has a good opinion of Better Land who won three of his previous 17 starts for Peter Moody and Darren Weir in Melbourne.
Better Land showed good ability early in his career finishing second in the Listed Rosebud at Randwick and fourth in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes in 2014 before hitting a form slump prior to joining Edmonds.
“He had a bit of a wrap on him for a while before he lost his way down south,” Edmonds said.
“We’ll take him through his grades here and try to build a bit of a profile with him here.”
Edmond, who is having one of his best seasons and is currently third in the Brisbane trainers’ premiership, may target the Brisbane summer sprints with Better Land if his form warrants.
Lloyd does the bulk of the riding for Edmonds and has been associated in many of the stable’s wins this season.
Edmonds proved a shrewd judge when he decided to freshen up Prompt Return following his sixth to Londehero over 1200 metres at Eagle Farm on September 24.
“He’s been going too keenly in the 1200-metre races so I decided to give him a freshen up and bring him back in distance,” Edmonds said.
“There looked to be some good speed in the race and he finished it off strongly.”
Prompt Return started his career with Melbourne’s Danny O’Brien before moving to Chris Waller in Sydney at the start of the year.
He only joined Edmonds in the winter and has now won three of his five starts for the Gold Coast trainer.