Trainer Toby Edmonds says he is a fan of the new zoning regulations set out by Racing Queensland as he prepares to start five horses in Wednesday’s QTIS Three-Year-Old Handicap at the Gold Coast.
In their first year as a partnership, Toby and son Trent Edmonds are second in the Queensland trainers’ premiership with 71 winners.
The recent zoning rules put in place by RQ because of the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the father-and-son team to the metro south west zone, incorporating the Gold Coast, Ipswich and Toowoomba.
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It has forced Team Edmonds to race five horses, which were destined for the now-scrapped winter carnival, in Thursday’s 1200m event.
They are Fisticuffs, Scout, Baroda, Befana and Maozi.
Edmonds applauded RQ for developing a strategy to keep the industry going amid these turbulent times.
“We’re all just happy to be racing,” Toby Edmonds said.
“They’ve done the best they could in the amount of time they had.
“Everyone would love to tweak it if they could but at the moment we just have to put something on.
“I did hear some commentary out of Brisbane that we shouldn’t be getting this sort of prizemoney but we’re as much a metropolitan base as they are.
“If it wasn’t, it would be detrimental to our owners to not compete for that prizemoney.
“It won’t be forever. Make do of it while we can. ”
The Edmonds stable is also set to unleash Winter Bride in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
Winter Bride has just arrived back from two Group 1 races in New Zealand, where she finished second and fifth.
Edmonds said Winter Bride was in good shape for Saturday’s race following a short break and he was confident of her ability at Randwick.
“We were obviously heading to an Adelaide race with her but when all these cross borders got shut down, we had to fast-track it to this race,” Edmonds said.
“She’s as good as we can have her for this race.
“She’s drawn awkward in 14 but I don’t think it will matter too much. She’s a filly that can get a bit of cover and she races well at Randwick.”
THE VERDICT: WINTER CARNIVAL NOT OVER FOR MANY A TRAINER
NO DECISION ON THE BLOOD
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission announced it is yet to receive the test results for Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner Alligator Blood.
It comes after Alligator Blood part-owner Allan Endresz took to social media on Tuesday to announce the popular gelding had been paid out by Racing Victoria for its win in the Australian Guineas.
The owners have been waiting on test results after Alligator Blood returned a positive swab following his Magic Millions win at the Gold Coast in January.
“The tests for the thoroughbred Alligator Blood taken after it won the Magic Millions three year-old Guineas on the Gold Coast on 11 January 2020 were sent to an interstate laboratory for confirmatory testing (and) have yet to be returned,” QRIC commissioner Ross Barnett said.
Originally published as‘We’re racing’: Edmonds content to stay in the zone
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