The Toby and Trent Edmonds training partnership is riding high right now.
We are only halfway through November and the stable has already brought home twelve winners … with that run of success being underlined by the fact the stable has come away with two winners from four out of the last five meetings at which they have saddled runners in South East Queensland … three of those being metropolitan status meetings … and they also landed a treble on Melbourne Cup day.
A point of particular interest is that those results featured twelve individual horses.
Perhaps catching the most attention was the win of Hard Labour on Saturday. This daughter of All Too Hard has only tasted defeat once in five starts. That was on debut and her four successive victories since then has taken her from a Maiden win at the Gold Coast to a Benchmark 72 win in town as she has taken on and completed every new task set her during this period.
Ruuca was Team Edmonds’ other winner on Saturday, claiming his fourth win from only ten starts … another Edmonds runner with a well above average strike-rate.
On Friday the stable tackled the Ballina meeting and produced Brocky and Nick The Skip to win their respective races. Both of these were more seasoned runners with the four-year-old Brocky having had nineteen starts, now for three wins, and Nick The Skip, a five-year-old, with three wins from twenty-five starts. The stable had placed them well enough for them to add to their records.
As they did with their first-timer Excel In The Sun at Ipswich on Wednesday. The Exceed and Excel had been primed with three trials prior to her debut where she started favourite at $2.40 and won every bit as easily as the official two length winning margin suggests.
Great Keppell was the training partnership’s other winner at Ipswich on Wednesday. In his last three runs Great Keppell has finished first, second and first.
On the previous Saturday, at Doomben on November 7, Team Edmonds struck with Thine Is The Power and Grand Zou.
Since coming into the Edmonds yard as a two-time winner from eighteen starts, having been relocated from the Hayes Dabernig yard, Thine Is The Power has won three times and been placed second once in four starts for her new stable … while, for her part, Grand Zou is also on a roll having won his last three in a row and four out of nine overall.
Two days before that at Ipswich Run On saluted, winning in his second start for the stable after transferring from the Peter and Paul Snowden stable … and two days before that again, on Melbourne Cup day, the stable came away with a winning treble.
Those winners were Beachbreak, who claimed her second win from four starts this prep, Maozi, who won first-up after never finishing out of the first three in four starts in her previous prep, and Hard Empire, who was already a nine-time winner when transferring to Edmonds from the Richard and Chantelle Jolly stable. Hard Empire won first-up for Team Edmonds.
Those twelve wins for the Edmonds stable so far in November have come from thirty-three starts (a 36 per cent winning strike-rate.
That is good enough in itself, but add in the fact that a further seven of those runners finished in the placings (four runner-up finishes and three third places) and you have further evidence of just how well the stable is travelling.
Team Edmonds has three runners nominated for Ipswich on Wednesday.