Doomben races: Alpine Edge to follow Houtzen’s path to Magic Millions Classic
Toby and Trent Edmonds are set to follow Houtzen’s successful Gold Coast Magic Millions blueprint after rookie colt Alpine Edge won his way into the rich 2YO Classic next month.
Alpine Edge, a $160,000 son of Better Than Ready, led from start to finish in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes at Eagle Farm, with Team Edmonds now not likely to race him until the Saturday before next month’s Magic Millions.
The back-up formula into the Magic Millions was followed by Toby Edmonds’ sprint star Houtzen in 2017 and replicated by Sunlight in 2018 and Exhilarates in 2019.
The task of Alpine Edge in the Phelan Ready (1000m) was made easier when favourite Baby Wong was slow away with the Edmonds’ colt unexpectedly finding the lead and holding off a strong challenge from runner-up Cochrane.
Alpine Edge leads all the way in The Phelan Ready To Buy A Boom Stakes for @EdmondsRacing with Robbie Fradd in the saddle @BrisRacingClub pic.twitter.com/RtmkNIi2Fl
Cochrane, the Peter and Paul Snowden rookie, was slashed from $101 to $26 in Magic Millions betting while Alpine Edge firmed from $21 to $15.
Trent Edmonds said Alpine Edge was so relaxed before his first race that the strapper had to wake him up in the yard and predicted there was big improvement to come.
“He was very soft coming into today,” Edmonds said.
“We didn’t expect to lead but the favourite was tardy away. He was so relaxed before the race I said to his strapper you better take him for a walk and just check that he’s breathing.
“I think we will follow what is now the tried-and-true path and start the week before (the Magic Millions) and back up.”
Aaron Bullock who rode third-placed Baby Wong was left to rue what happened at the start.
“He jumped that good that he just lost all his footing,” Bullock said. “He 100 per cent could have won if he hadn’t done that. “
In the Calaway Gal Stakes for two-year-old fillies, Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace’s Fake Love was sent out the easing $3.20 favourite but was stuck three-wide the trip after Glen Boss could not get her in from the widest barrier.
Sweet Dolly runs down the favourite Fake Love in the Calaway Gal Stakes for Rockhampton based trainer Kevin Hansen @BrisRacingClub pic.twitter.com/gkQpl4ZTGA
She was travelling like the winner in the straight but was run down by wayward Rockhampton filly Sweet Dolly who is not in the Magic Millions.
Fake Love eased from $8 to $11 in Magic Millions betting but jockey Glen Boss believes she is on track for the rich race as she only ran out of petrol tickets late after a wide trip in the Calaway Gal.
Sweet Dolly showed her debut win by almost six lengths in Townsville last month was no fluke as she got home over the top of Fake Love but gave her jockey Justin Stanley a torrid time in the process.
As she was launching her run, the Kevin Hansen-trained filly baulked and ran into Miss In Charge and then kept wobbling off the track.
“I think she maybe baulked at the big screen TV, she tried to exit stage left and I certainly had my hands full,” Stanley said.
Originally published asEdmonds find Edge they need in race for Millions
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