By Glenn Davis
Another poor barrier has prompted trainer Toby Edmonds to adopt a change of riding tactics with From Within in her Eagle Farm assignment on Saturday.
From Within drew gate 12 but will jump from eight if the emergencies fail to gain a start in the TAB Open Handicap (1000m).
From Within strung four wins together last campaign including the Listed Alinghi Stakes at Caulfield in the spring and was sent south in February when she failed in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.
In her return at Eagle Farm last month, From Within led but was overhauled by veteran sprinter Straturbo in a 1000-metre dash.
“She had a bad gate last start and had to work too hard to get across,” Edmonds said.
“Her run was okay but we intend to ride her differently in this.
“Hopefully, she’ll come back off them and take a sit.”
Edmonds has no major winter carnival plans in mind with From Within after she went down to Straturbo, who is a rising 10-year-old and a winner of 11 of his 65 starts.
Edmonds has decided to send talented sprinter Millard Reaction to Sydney to run in the South Pacific Classic at Randwick and will scratch him from the Three-Year-Old Plate (1200m).
Millard Reaction is unbeaten in two starts and will join stablemate Winter Bride who will run in the Sapphire Stakes at Randwick.
That leaves Edmonds with three other Eagle Farm runners, Scout in the Two-Year-Old Handicap for colts and geldings, Seento in the Benchmark 750 Handicap and Tardis in the Class Three Plate.
Edmonds will scratch I Am Impinge after the gelding drew a horror gate in the 1400-metre No Metropolitan win race, the final event on the 10-race program.
Edmonds has tipped his hand for punters rating Tardis as the pick of his Eagle Farm runners.
Tardis is having her first start for Edmonds and pleased him after finishing fourth in a Gold Coast barrier trial last month.
“Tardis is going well and her trial was quite good,” Edmonds said.
“I’ve got no plans with any of my runners at Eagle Farm except maybe Tardis and we’ll see how she progresses in the new month or so.”
Tardis was previously trained by Heath Conners in Melbourne winning three of his 10 starts and hasn’t raced since finishing seventh at Ballarat in late November.
Racing Queensland webnews April 11