By Glenn Davis
Talented sprinter Cadogan will begin his attempt to rise to the next level for the major Brisbane winter carnival sprints when the gelding makes his comeback at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Trainer Toby Edmonds can be credited with turning Cadogan’s form around after the five-year-old arrived in his Gold Coast stables 12 months ago.
Cadogan was previously trained in Sydney by Bjorn Baker winning three times at Randwick, Scone and Tamworth in 16 starts for the Warwick Farm trainer.
Since his arrival in Queensland, Cadogan has blossomed winning another three times for Edmonds from only 11 starts.
Cadogan earned his stripes for a Brisbane winter campaign winning three in a row last preparation before given the chance to emulate Care To Think who burst from restricted grade last year to claim the Magic Millions Cup in 2018.
Unfortunately, Cadogan failed to follow in Care To Think’s footsteps finishing fourth in the Magic Millions Cup won by the Baker-trained Redouble.
Cadogan hasn’t started since the Magic Millions Cup but trialled well when second to the Team Guy-trained Volkoff over 1000 metres at the Gold Coast on March 25.
Cadogan will be joined in the Class Six Plate by stablemate Curdled, a three-times winner from 21 starts.
“Cadogan has been trialling and working well so I’m fairly confident he’ll be competitive,” Edmonds said.
“We’re looking at the Stradbroke with him but he’s got to get there first.”
Trainer Desleigh Forster is also targeting the Class Six Plate with Chapter And Verse who hasn’t raced since winning the Magic Millions Quality (1300m) at the Gold Coast in January.
The four-year-old son of Rothesay was also nominated for the Group 2 Victory Stakes (1200m) which would have seen him take on star sprinter Redzel at weight-for-age.
“He’s as forward as I could have him first-up,” Forster said.
“He’s had a jump out and is going well.
“It’s a hard race, possibly the hardest race of the day, but everything is well.”
Forster is looking to the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June with Chapter And Verse.
“He’ll need to get his rating up to get into the Stradbroke but that’s his aim,” she said.
“There’s plenty of other races which will suit him if he doesn’t make it and there’s always next year’s Stradbroke.”
Racing Queensland webnews April 26