By Glenn Davis
Co-trainer Toby Edmonds’ success with interstate cast-offs will again be tested with three runners at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Edmonds has a great success rate with former interstate-trained horses notably because of his strong links with the famous Segenhoe Stud in NSW.
Maslow will make his Queensland debut for Team Edmonds in the Maiden Handicap (1200m) while Nick The Skip lines up in the Class Three Handicap (1350m).
Edmonds’ other runner Beacon has had one win in five starts for the stable since transferring from the James Cummings’ stable in Sydney and is looking for his second Queensland win in the Class Five Plate (1200m).
Nick The Skip started seven times but failed to win for trainer Rodney Northam at Scone in the NSW Hunter Valley before he was sent to Edmonds’ Gold Coast stable.
The son of I Am Invincible picked up prizemoney in five of his seven runs for Northam which included a second in the Inglis Two-Year-Old Challenge at Scone in 2018.
Edmonds trained the four-year-old for his first two Queensland starts at the Gold Coast, winning a 1200-metre Maiden in June.
Since then Edmonds has teamed up in a training partnership with his son, Trent, and the pair struck immediate success when Nick The Skip claimed a Class One on his home track on August 3.
Nick The Skip then tried to live up to his name when he attempted to lead all the way before finishing third to the Liam Birchley-trained Rothman in a 1350-metre Class Two at Ipswich on August 21.
“He went too keen at Ipswich so we’ve decided to take the blinkers off him this time,” Trent Edmonds said.
“Hopefully, that will help him race more tractable.”
Beacon hasn’t raced since finishing third to Greywolf in a Class Five at Ipswich on April 24 but barrier trialled twice, at the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, last month.
“Beacon is going well but the concern with him is he’s a big horse going 1200 metres first-up,” Edmonds said.
“The opposition may be a bit fitter than him at this stage but he’s got a good alley.”
Maslow had six starts in Victoria for trainer Heath Conners but hasn’t raced since finishing fourth in a 1700-metre Maiden at Geelong in January.
“Maslow has been trialling well and also has a nice barrier so he should race well,” he said.
Racing Queensland webnews September 10