Edmonds looking to keep impressive strike rate going

Dec 08, 2016

Toby Edmonds is aiming to keep his remarkable summer strike-rate intact with the real prospect of a hat-trick of wins, including in the feature Coffs Harbour Cup (1600m).

Incredibly, Edmonds’ last 20 runners include no fewer than 11 winners, one of whom is his Cup hopeful, La Spiaggia (pictured). The son of Al Maher has been racing over 2000m and above in recently, but Edmonds is confident the step back in distance won’t present any issues.

“We sent him up to the farm for four weeks and he’s freshened up nicely so the mile looks good for him at this stage,’’ the trainer said.

“He’s been a very consistent and honest horse this campaign, it took him a few runs to come to hand but once we got through that he’s been outstanding.’’

Talented apprentice Jed Hodge has the job aboard Edmonds’ other Coffs runners — Queen Tara and Flaming Aces.

Few horses racing all day have a more powerful finish on them than the Segenhoe-owned blueblood Queen Tara, who lines-up in the Class 3 Showcase Handicap (1200m).

“She’s first-up and not that wound-up — we are targeting the Magic Millions Country race with her,’’ Edmonds said. “She has to run well to qualify. She gets a bit of weight relief with the claim and is going well.’’

The Daniel Baker Sprint (1200m) has attracted a quality field, including Flaming Aces. The daughter of Casino Prince has won 10 of her 27 starts, including the Christmas Handicap at Grafton at her most recent appearance. Flaming Aces will contest the Daniel Baker Sprint on Friday. Picture: Trackside Photography

“She has been going extremely well since coming to us from Wagga and is in another similar race to what she won the other day,’’ Edmonds said. “She hasn’t got as soft a barrier this time but she’s trained on really nicely and is galloping really good.’’