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Iced to stake claims for winter features

By Glenn Davis

Toowoomba trainer Jackie Crompton is hoping Iced can stake a claim for the winter three-year-old sprint races when the gelding bids for back-to-back wins at the Gold Coast on Friday.

Iced steps up to 1200 metres for the first time when he lines up in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap.

The son of Better Than Ready has never missed the podium in 10 starts, with three wins and seven placings taking his prizemoney earnings to almost $130,000.

Iced was bred by Crompton and her husband Wayne and recorded his third win last start when he stormed home from near last on the home turn to easily beat Rucca from the Team Edmonds stable.

The training partnership of Toby Edmonds and son Trent have a big presence in the Three-Year-Old  Handicap with three runners, Fisticuffs, Scout and Baroda who all have strong claims.

Crompton is hoping to formulate a winter program for Iced but is relying on some of the current zonal racing restrictions in southern Queensland being lifted.

“So long as we can travel to Eagle Farm or Doomben and bring him back home I’d love to have a go at the winter,” Crompton said.

“At this stage that’s not possible but he deserves a go.

“His last win was his first go against city class opposition and we were both in a state of shock the way he won.

“We’ve won a lot of races in town with horses we’ve shared in the ownership with other people but that was our first metropolitan winner we’ve owned outright.”

Crompton does not yet rate Iced in the same category as her best horse Double Impact, who was Stakes placed winning more than $526,000 with nine wins and 16 placings from 75 starts.

Double Impact retired two years ago to join the show jumping circuit and proved an instant hit winning the Just Raced category in the second series of the Channel 7 program Jump Off late last year.

Crompton has been training for 18 years ago and still juggles her horse commitments with part time work at a Toowoomba saddlery.

Racing Queensland webnews - April 29