Lyricist Primed for The Roses 2016

May 20th, 2016

Gold Coast-based trainer Toby Edmonds is pleased with the condition of Lyricist ahead of The Roses 2016, and is confident the classy filly is not out of place in the Group 2 race at Doomben on Saturday.

Trainer Toby Edmonds is pleased with Lyricist ahead of The Roses at Doomben on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello

Trainer Toby Edmonds is pleased with Lyricist ahead of The Roses at Doomben on Saturday. Photo: Daniel Costello

Lyricist is yet to contest a race under black type conditions, but has more than earned her position in the 2016 Doomben Roses field; winning her three most recent starts in a career that has only spanned four appearances.

Edmonds told AAP he has been pleased with the form displayed by the daughter of Dylan Thomas in her recent work, and is confident she will lay a great account for herself in The Roses this weekend.

“She has always shown us plenty on the track,” Edmonds said.

“She can reel off some very good sectional times. If she can get into a nice position after the start she will give them something to think about.”

Lyricist missed a run in the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet (1800m) a fortnight ago, and Edmonds concedes she will probably need to produce a good result in The Roses to ensure a berth in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 4th.

“We missed a lead-up run in the Gold Coast Bracelet and we went to the Sunshine Coast for a win. But we only just made it into the Roses on Saturday,” he said.

“I suppose if we are to be assured of making the Oaks field we would want to get some prize money on Saturday.”

“There seems to be a big number of interstate and kiwi horses here for the Oaks.”

Lyricist trialled well in the lead-up to her competitive debut, and immediately stamped herself as a filly to follow with a smart performance for second in the Farewell Stan Patch Maiden (1200m) at Ipswich on February 10th.

Progressing to an impressive win in the McFadyen Group Maiden (1200m) on April 9th, Lyricist has taken out each of the Uniradiology Handicap (1400m) and Parklands Tavern BM70 (1600m) leading into The Roses.

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