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By Isaac Murphy
Seven days ago Coastal Prince won his maiden at a provincial Toowoomba meet, a week later the three year-old gelding claimed the QTIS 3YO Open Handicap at Corbould Park and looks a strong player for the ongoing Eagle Way Stayers Series.
After a strong tempo champion hoop Jeff Lloyd brought the gelding to the centre of the track at the right time and got the nose down to better Lope For Joya.
Trainer Toby Edmonds said he couldn’t have been happier with how the horse had progressed.
“It was a really big step up for him today, he only won his maiden in a small field at Toowoomba last week,” he said.
“Today was a completely different test for him it took him a while to relax on the bridle, he’s still only learning but it was nice to see him navigate the bigger field.”
Edmonds said the Eagle Way Stayers Series had presented an ideal pathway for Coastal Prince.
“There is another mile race coming up in two weeks for The Eagle Way Stayers series, so we’ll put him in that and then the next of those races is over the 2000m,” he said
“He’s been up for a while so we’ll see how he handles that,” Edmonds said.
Coastal Prince has already become a fantastic money spinner for his owners after being a relatively cheap purchase.
”The owners bought him out of Real Saga at the March sales for $25000 and he’s won a race worth $48000 (to the winner) today, so it’s nice to see you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a nice progressive horse like him.”