Sky Racing highlights from the Brisbane Racing Club's Stadbroke Handicap meeting at Eagle Farm on Saturday:
Rothfire secures the JJ Atkins
Rothfire ended the debate once and for all today as to who is Queensland’s premier two-year-old with a dominant victory in the $350,000, Group 1 JJ Atkins (1400m).
Having paid not once but twice for the Rothesay gelding after being caught up in an internet phishing scam, Rob Heathcote secured his first Group 1 victory on home soil as Jim Byrne steered him to a three-length win. Gotta Kiss and The Drinks Cart flashed home to complete the placings.
All eyes were on Rothfire, however, as he travelled beautifully throughout to chalk up his sixth win from just seven starts, with a second placing to Kisukano in the QTIS 2YO Jewel at the Gold Coast the only blemish to his name.
“I’m lost for words and that’s not normally me,” Heathcote said.
“I think that’s the beauty of having a guy like Jimmy (Byrne) on. He’s just been so cool and calm like the horse.
“I’ve been the nervous wreck.”
Sitting outside of Wisdom Of Water and Isotope as he swept around the bend, Rothfire put the afterburners on as he took his stakes beyond $700,000.
The win also entitles connections to a QTISx bonus, which can be redeemed as a $100,000 sales voucher or $50,000 in cash.
“He’s climbed his Everest today and note that I did use that word: Everest,” Heathcote said.
“He needed to do that today against a really good field of two-year-olds…and I’ll be eagerly awaiting Daniel O’Sullivan’s rating after that race to see where he sits.”
Having confirmed Rothfire will head to the paddock on Monday, Heathcote indicated a possible Everest tilt was on the cards, while also eyeing off the Coolmore Stud Stakes up the straight at Flemington.
Tyzone goes one better in TAB Stradbroke Handicap
Tyzone has gone one better in the 2020 edition of the Stradbroke Handicap to secure Team Edmonds their maiden victory at Group 1 level.
Having finished runner-up to Trekking 12 months ago, Tyzone survived a blanket finish to clinch the state’s most prized race, edging out Madam Rouge, Niccanova and Vega One on the line.
Having tasted Group 1 success overseas, Robbie Fradd finally broke his duck in Australia as he steered the six-year-old gelding to a narrow win, his 17th for his Far North Queensland connections.
“This is outstanding,” Trent Edmonds said.
“What a horse and I must thank Tom Hedley and the team from Cairns for giving us a crack and believing in us.
“He’s just a star, honestly, horses don’t do what he’s done. He’s a winning machine and it’s just so, so special.”
Having chalked up more than 100 winners as a training combination this season, the one piece of the puzzle missing for Toby and Trent Edmonds was a Group 1 victory.
But on Queensland Day, the Gold Coast-based combination finally broke through as Tyzone rounded up the entire field as he swept from the far outside to record a famous win.
Richard Goodbody - racingqueensland.com.au
A thrilling finish in the TAB Stradbroke Handicap as Tyzone who ran second in last year's race has come back to win the 2020 edition for @EdmondsRacing and Robbie Fradd @TrentEd1 @RaceQLD @BrisRacingClub pic.twitter.com/dwVpIcchUu— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) June 6, 2020