By Glenn Davis
Team Edmonds has ruled out an interstate trip for talented sprinter Cadogan while stablemate Granny Red Shoes will soon head to the breeding barn.
Cadogan, a winner of four of his 13 starts for Toby Edmonds since transferring from Sydney’s Bjorn Baker stable, is entered for the Class Six Plate (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Granny Red Shoes will line up in the Benchmark 80 Handicap (1600m) while the Edmonds stable has entered Ocean Addict for the Benchmark 75 Handicap (2200m) and Whypeeo in the Benchmark 85 Handicap (1000m).
Edmonds and son Trent recently began a training partnership and have been in red hot form notching up seven winners since they started training together at the start of the month.
“It’s going well and it’s been a good start but we need some Saturday winners now,” Trent Edmonds said.
Edmonds is hopeful Cadogan can make an impact in his first run since his shock failure when he finished last in the Listed Luskin Star at Scone on May 11.
Cadogan was earmarked as a possible Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap horse last campaign after three wins and an unlucky fourth in the Magic Millions QTIS race over the summer.
“He’s going great and has trialled well but his first up record is not very good,” Edmonds said.
“He had a 40-degree temperature the day after the Luskin Star so that was the underlying problem we found with him and the reason for his defeat.
“We had to miss the Stradbroke and spelled him before starting up again with him.
“He’ll run well but I think he’ll improve as he goes through his campaign.
“We’re not looking at taking him away. After a few runs he’ll go for a break and get ready for the summer races here and the Magic Millions Cup again.”
Edmonds also is hopeful Granny Red Shoes can return to her best form before heading to stud.
Granny Red Shoes has won three of her 15 starts but failed in both her runs this campaign including a last start sixth to the Chris Waller-trained Auerbach in a benchmark race at Doomben on August 3.
“She’ll have a couple more starts before she heads to stud,” Edmonds said.
“It will be interesting to see how she goes on a big track like Eagle Farm and stretching out to 1600 metres for the first time.
“We’ve been waiting for 12 months to step her up to 1600 metres.”
Edmonds has his own theory why Granny Red Shoes has failed to live up to her promise as a two-year-old.
“I think the turnaround from the Brisbane winter carnival to spring races for two-year-old fillies turning three is a daunting task,” he said.
“Colts seem to handle it better as they mature quicker than a filly and the tracks in Melbourne were also very hard at the time.”
Racing Queensland webnews August 14