Edmonds weighs up Group 1 shot with Whypeeo
THE Gold Coast Guineas remains the likely favourite, but Toby Edmonds put the Doomben 10,000 on the table as an option for flying three-year-old Whypeeo after his brilliant first-up win in the Mick Dittman Plate.
Edmonds had pre-race concerns about a wet track, but jockey Jeff Lloyd said the son of I Am Invincible revelled in the conditions as he posted a four-length win on Saturday.
Edmonds warned last week "everything is on the table" for Whypeeo this winter and confirmed that thought process when he threw in a curve ball after the race.
"The Gold Coast Guineas is there, but we could wait another week, too," he said in reference to the Group 1 10,000 on May 12. "This guy is a pretty good horse.
"It took him a while to mature and switch on, but he oozes quality.
"It's just good to see him come back and do that. He's quite gross this time around so I just had that little worry about him being a bit vulnerable in testing ground."
Lloyd said he was confident Whypeeo would handle the conditions and he was comfortable from the outset, indicating a wet winter would work in Whypeeo's favour.
"He's a good horse on wet or dry, but when they can travel as well as he does in the ground, it's a big advantage," Lloyd said.
Whypeeo is now the winner of five races from nine starts. He had the distinction of being the only horse to lower the colours of subsequent Group 1 placegetter Pierata over the summer carnival and he ran up to his form on Saturday.
Meikas ran a solid race resuming, while Marble turned in an eye-catching effort, coming from third last on the turn to run third.
"It was a very good effort and he will be much better suited when he gets to 1200m (of the Gold Coast Guineas) in a fortnight," jockey Damian Browne said.