Toby Edmonds is fed up with southern horses getting a head start on Queenslanders

Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds, seen here with Our Boy Nicholas and Sundance, believes the conditions for three-year-old feature races in Queensland should be changed. Pic by Richard Gosling



TOBY Edmonds has called on Racing Queensland to change the conditions of three-year-old feature races as the Gold Coast trainer faces the possibility of missing another feature race with promising filly Lyricist.

Edmonds is fed up with southern horses getting a head start on Queenslanders due to lower prizemoney levels in the Sunshine State.

Queensland Oaks contender Lyricist has won three-straight races this campaign in dominant fashion but will need three horses above her not to accept this morning to make the field for the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) at Doomben this Saturday.

It comes after she missed a run in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) earlier this month and Edmonds fears the current qualifying conditions for three-year-old feature races, which is based on total prizemoney, simply isn’t working.

“Lyricist is rated higher than quite a few fillies in The Roses on Saturday but because they have more prizemoney they are going to get in,” he said.

“I would like to see it looked at and there was a 150-1 chance that got a run before Lyricist in the Bracelet and you want the best horses in these races.

It’s a similar case for New Zealand fillies Provocative and Romantic Maid, who would be well fancied in The Roses if they could gain a start.

Provocative, who has form around Queensland Derby favourite Mackintosh and New Zealand Derby winner Rangipo, has to win at Ipswich today to keep her Oaks dream alive, while Romantic Maid is likely to have to run at Randwick today.

Edmonds said the current system means a horse that excelled as a two-year-old but is now going like a “dromedary” can still make the field.

“They will say you have plenty of time to qualify them but sometimes they are just late maturers and Lyricist went over a fence and had four months out and that’s why she is a bit behind,” Edmonds said.

Racing Queensland chief handicapper Nathan Bourke said the qualifying conditions for The Roses were in line with other states.

“After every carnival we do sit down and review conditions of all races and across the board nationally all the three-year-old classic and set weights races, basically aggregate prizemoney is how most states do it across the board,” he said.

“It’s just very difficult to see how you could do it otherwise and do you do it on ratings?

“I’ve been here 13 years and that’s how it has always been done and the conditions for this race have been out for six months now.”

Lyricist was 19th in the order of the entry for The Roses yesterday and Edmonds believes she can win the Group 2 feature if she makes the 16-horse field.

“She has an Oaks winner on her dam side and she is a big strong filly,” he said.

■ Jockey Skye Bogenhuber yesterday had a two-month suspension for her ride on Happy Event in the Dalrello Stakes at Toowoomba on April 16 quashed on appeal.


Story courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin


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