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Deagon trainer Jason Edwards is confident versatile galloper Sir Barnabus can complete the first leg of a spring Cups campaign when the gelding tackles the Toowoomba Cup on Saturday.
Sir Barnabus - a James Orman mount - has won twice this year, over 1600 metres at Doomben in May before a dominant victory over 2200 metres at Eagle Farm last month.
The six-year-old has started once since the Eagle Farm triumph when a fast finishing fourth to Humbolt Current over 2030 metres at Doomben on September 12.
“He had six weeks between runs before his last start and he never got out at the right time when he ran fourth,” Edwards said.
“He’s spot on for the Toowoomba Cup and I think he can win.”
Sir Barnabus has won nine times during his 40-start career and was rated worthy enough for a trip to Sydney in May last year when a well beaten ninth behind Japanese import Wolfe over 2000 metres at Randwick.
A Toowoomba Cup win would be a career highlight for Edwards, who also is aiming Sir Barnabus for next month’s 2200-metreQueensland Cup at Doomben.
“My best has been some city wins and a third in the Gold Coast Cup but this would definitely be my best result if we can win,” Edwards said.
“I think 2200 metres is probably his beat distance but going 2000 metres doesn’t bother me.”
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Sir Barnabus has been a great money spinner, earning almost $400,000 in prizemoney after Edwards bought him out of the paddock for only $8,000.
Meanwhile, trainer Graeme Green is hopeful Rockhampton flyer Master Jamie can also provide him with his biggest success in the Listed Weetwood Handicap (1200m).
Master Jamie bounced back to form with a record breaking win over 1200 metres at Rockhampton on September 4.
It came after a mild case of Ross River fever in March and three defeats since an impressive all the way win against his own age at Eagle Farm last February.
“I was gobsmacked when he broke the track record, which has stood since 2014 in Rocky last start,” Green said.
“Marnu Potgieter won on him that day and he said he could have got a lot quicker if he let go.”
Green rates favourite The Odyssey the main danger after Master Jamie drew barrier 10 but comes in two spots if the emergencies don’t obtain starts.
“There's a lot of speed in the race and The Odyssey will probably lead,” Green said.
“I’d like to see my bloke one out and one back coming to the turn.
“Toowoomba is a horse for courses track but I’m confident Master Jamie will cope with it.”
The Odyssey is currently a $3.30 favourite following his dominant all the way win over the Tony Gollan-trained Just Orm at Doomben two weeks ago.
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