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Tyzone goes one better to win the Straddie

By Richard Goodbody

Tyzone has gone one better in the 2020 edition of the Stradbroke Handicap to secure Team Edmonds their maiden victory at Group 1 level.

Having finished runner-up to Trekking 12 months ago, Tyzone survived a blanket finish to clinch the state’s most prized race, edging out Madam Rouge, Niccanova and Vega One on the line.

Having tasted Group 1 success overseas, Robbie Fradd finally broke his duck in Australia as he steered the six-year-old gelding to a narrow win, his 17th for his Far North Queensland connections.

“This is outstanding,” Trent Edmonds said.

“What a horse and I must thank Tom Hedley and the team from Cairns for giving us a crack and believing in us.

“He’s just a star, honestly, horses don’t do what he’s done. He’s a winning machine and it’s just so, so special.”

Having chalked up more than 100 winners as a training combination this season, the one piece of the puzzle missing for Toby and Trent Edmonds was a Group 1 victory.

But on Queensland Day, the Gold Coast-based combination finally broke through as Tyzone rounded up the entire field as he swept from the far outside to record a famous win.

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