Plucky mare set for Scone

Trainer Toby Edmonds has picked a stakes race for Plucky Girl following her dominant victory in the $150,000 Tamworth Cup (1400m).

The Pluck mare is unbeaten in four starts this year.  She sat on the pace for James Orman and then chimed in with a big kick to score by more than two lengths last Sunday.  “That was a great effort,” he declared.  “I switched her off around the back and once she picked up it was never in doubt.”

Edmonds won his first Tamworth Cup with Centover in 2009 and will now nominate Plucky Girl for the Dark Jewel Classic Gr.3 at Scone on May 12.

“The Tamworth Cup wasn’t on the radar until I checked the prizemoney,” Edmonds said.  “That was a great ride by James.  He took control of the race and made it happen.

“She’s an amazing mare.  We just send her out to the farm for a week after each run and she’s ready to go again after just one gallop.”

Plucky Girl is a homebred for Darwin owner John Robinson.  He raced her dam Logan’s Choice (Redoute’s Choice) to wins at Canterbury and Randwick and booked her into Pluck when he arrived at Vinery.

Logan’s Choice was also part of Star Turn’s initial book at Vinery last year.

The Vinery connection continued when the Edmonds-trained Phoenix Global won a Gold Coast 2yo trial on Tuesday.  An exciting son of All Too Hard from Doncaster Mile Gr.1 winner Sacred Choice, he cost $280,000 from Vinery at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.

Edmonds took the precaution of nominating Phoenix Global for the J J Atkins Plate Gr.1 at Doomben on June 9.  That suggests a forward performance when he goes to the races for this first time later this month.