The Virginian is Stradbroke Handicap bound after Chief De Beers win

The Virginian looks set to line up in his second Stradbroke Handicap after scoring a brilliant come from behind win in the Listed $100,000 IPG Marketing Solutions Chief De Beers (1050m) at Doomben today.

Jockey Jim Byrne, above, brought The Virginian with a well timed run to win the Chief De Beers at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Jockey Jim Byrne, above, brought The Virginian with a well timed run to win the Chief De Beers at Doomben. Photo by Daniel Costello.

Last week’s Doomben 10,000 winning jockey Jim Byrne settled The Virginian ($8.50) well back in the field from barrier seven and brought him to the outside in the straight before gathering in the leaders to record a comfortable win in the end.

Highly Geared ($26) also ran on strongly for Michael Cahill to be three quarters of a lengths away second with $101 outsider Quelle Liaison catching the eye to fill third spot.

Trainer Toby Edmonds said that The Virginian appreciated the soft conditions at Doomben today and he will now press on towards a start in the Group 1 $1.5m Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 10.

The Virginian was only having his third race start when a surprise third at $81 in last year’s Stradbroke Handicap and Edmonds said that they will head to Eagle Farm again this year.

“He is nominated (for the Stradbroke Handicap) so that is our plan,” Edmonds said.

“It is good to have The Virginian back, it is a great effort.”

Edmonds also saddled up $7.50 chance Prompt Return with Jeff Lloyd in the saddle but said the last start Gold Coast winner wasn’t at home on the rain affected track and finished in eleventh position.

“The wet track changed things a bit,” Edmonds said.

“Quite a sharp horse (Prompt Return), but he doesn’t get through that going so good.”

Favourite Colinelle ($6.50) and Hidden Pearl ($10) shared the lead into the straight but both missed a place to finish fifth and sixth respectively.

Chief De Beers Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 8 THE VIRGINIAN Toby Edmonds Jim Byrne 7 54kg $8.50
2 9 HIGHLY GEARED Garry Kirkup Michael Cahill 0.8L 10 54kg $26
3 16e QUELLE LIAISON Michael Costa Ronnie Stewart 1.1L 14 54kg $101
4 6 SIR STATHAM (NZ) Kelly Doughty Kerrin McEvoy 1.2L 5 54kg $26
5 14 COLINELLE Steven O’dea Paul Hammersley 1.6L 1 54kg $6.50F
6 3 HIDDEN PEARL Barry Lockwood Brad Pengelly 2.6L 13 56.5kg $10
7 2 INTO THE RED Kelso Wood & Patricia Gesler Luke Dittman 3.4L 2 57.5kg $18
8 5 MR MANHATTAN Joseph Pride Corey Brown 3.6L 8 54kg $8.50
9 10 MR FAVULOUS Donald Baker Luke Tarrant 4L 3 54kg $21
10 12 MISERY Darren Bell Ms Tiffani Brooker (a) 4.3L 6 54kg $8
11 4 PROMPT RETURN Toby Edmonds Jeff Lloyd 4.5L 9 56kg $7.50
12 1 MOUNT NEBO Allan Denham Hugh Bowman 6.8L 4 59kg $7
13 7 TEMPT ME NOT James Cummings Glyn Schofield 9.3L 12 54kg $21
14 13 VIENNA QUEEN Tony Gollan Robbie Fradd 9.5L 11 54kg $61

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