Edmonds out to break Guineas curse

Jul 11, 2017

Toby Edmonds is confident he can end a litany of near misses when Sneaky Glance tackles today's $50,000 Tursa Inglis Bonus Grafton Guineas 3YO Benchmark 70 Handicap (1600m).

The Gold Coast trainer, who began his career at Scone and then Muswell- brook in the Hunter Valley, runs the $2.50 favourite in a race he has come so close to winning several times.

"We've had four cracks at it, a race we've been thereabouts but never been able to win it,” Edmonds told The Daily Examiner yesterday.

"Sneaky Glance is going all right too. The only problem is he's been up a while, that's the issue.”

Edmonds also has Pricing Power in tomorrow's NBN Springboard To Fame 2YO Plate (1200m) and he "goes okay”.

"He did win on a very wet track at Ballina,” he said of his most recent start.

"He's very fit and very sound.”

Edmonds, 51, has been based at the Gold Coast since 2010 in a career that has taken him to Sydney (Warwick Farm) for a decade.

His Grafton Guineas association started in 2007 when Centover was narrowly beaten by Jet Hawk.

The gelding later won a Tamworth Cup (2009) for Edmonds who also finished runner-up in the 2011 Guineas with Emvoss.

Last year Edmonds again went close when Intrepic was third to Reneged.

"The year before that La Spaggia ran fourth, but was beaten less than a length,” he said.

He's now hoping he can end that trail of near misses with his chestnut gelding son of Agentinian sire Husson.

Sneaky Glance also started his racing career in the Hunter, debuting at Scone with a sixth to the Gavin Groth- trained Jazzee Nicc in a 1100m maiden before finishing unplaced at Cessnock and then Muswellbrook.

He resumed from a 10- week spell with a win at the Gold Coast and then showed his liking for the big wide spaces when he won the Grafton Guineas Prelude with 59kg on May 29.

He has the same weight today and is drawn closer in in today's small Guineas field.

At his most recent outing he swamped his rivals at Doomben on June 28.

Today the gelding jumps from barrier eight in the eight-horse field with regular rider, Jeff Lloyd, on top.

Clarence River Jockey Club chief executive officer Michael Beattie was intrigued with Edmonds' Guineas efforts and expected him to be hard to beat.

"It's been a good race for the three-year-olds: a nice race for them to end their season,” Beattie said.

News: Geoff Newling, The Daily Examiner