By Glenn Davis
Talented three-year-old’s Granny Red Shoes and Churning will ramp up their preparations for next month’s $2 million Magic Millions Guineas when they clash in the Gold Edition Stakes at Doomben on Saturday.
The Toby Edmonds-trained pair face stiff opposition in the 1350-metre Listed feature which is headed by unbeaten Queenslander Zoustyle and Outback Barbie and the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Chess Star.
Zoustyle is aiming to stretch his winning sequence to five while Chess Star will be making his Queensland debut after winning two of his four starts including a Stakes race at Moonee Valley in March.
Granny Red Shoes had a recent barrier trial hit out when third over 1000 metres at Doomben and is qualified for the Magic Millions Guineas.
However, Churning needs to win the Gold Edition Stakes or her next assignment in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate to qualify for the Magic Millions Guineas on January 12.
Granny Red Shoes won two Stakes races in Brisbane before she campaigned in Melbourne where she failed twice in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes and Listed Jim Moloney Stakes at Caulfield during the spring.
The daughter of Not A Single Doubt is owned by Segenhoe Stud, long-time supporters of the Edmonds stable and has drawn barrier eight while Churning has the rails.
“Granny Red Shoes is flying at the moment,” said Edmonds’ son and stable foreman Trent.
“We were disappointed with her in Melbourne and we still don’t know the reason.
“She was working the best she’s ever done down there but she never got into her races so we pulled the pin quickly and came home.”
Lonhro filly Churning stepped up from a Sunshine Coast maiden win to finish third to Outback Barbie in the Listed Mode Plate at Doomben at her latest appearance.
“Churning is going well but we are a bit unsure with her if the track is wet,” Edmonds said.
“It’s the same with most of ours horses if the rain comes.”
Team Edmonds also has a major hand in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) with Tyzone and in the Listed Bribie Handicap (1050m) with Houtzen.
Tyzone resumed with a close fourth in the Listed Keith Noud Stakes at Doomben last month before a similar placing behind I’m A Rippa in the Group 3 George Moore Stakes on December 1.
“We can’t fault Tyzone who had a tough run first-up then he hit the line hard in a farcical run race last time,” Edmonds said.
“Houtzen is headed to the Magic Millions Sprint and she couldn’t be any better.
“We’re stocked with her draw (barrier four) and she’ll appreciate it if the sting is out of the ground.”
Racing Queensland webnews December 14