A come from behind win in the Group 3 $140,000 Bernborough Ascot BRC Sprint (1350m) at Doomben today has earned Tyzone a start in the 2019 Stradbroke Handicap.
Tyzone is now one of the top chances for the Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 8 and trainer Toby Edmonds has no problem with the five year old running out a strong 1400m.
“Everyone was concerned about him running the trip, I have no issue with the trip. He just needs to be ridden quiet, like Blake did,” Edmonds said.
“We were in two minds which way to go and he had to win today and win impressively as he did to require him going to the Stradbroke but I think he deserves his chance.”
“He is such a prolific winner and an honest horse and gives his all.”
Tyzone ($11) jumped from barrier ten in the fourteen horse field and Blake Shinn had no problems settling near the tail of the field, knowing that there would be plenty of speed on up with speedster I’m A Rippa ($9.50) to set the pace.
Shinn had Tyzone wide on the home turn with most of the field still in front of him, but the five year old let down with a race winning sprint to overpower the leaders.
Outsider Violate ($20) also ran on from the back for second just ahead of I’m A Rippa who fought to the line hard.
The heavily back short priced favourite Chapter And Verse ($2.70) got a lovely run midfield on the fence after jumping from the inside gate but jockey Mark du Plessis had trouble securing a clear passage in the straight and ended up an unlucky fourth.
Tyzone’s win in the BRC Sprint was his sixteenth from thirty-one starts and the winning cheque of $81,200 took his total prizemoney earnings to over $700,000.