The Virginian to run in restricted race

BRISBANE Aug 29 2016

Stradbroke Handicap placegetter The Virginian is set to make his return in a restricted class race at Eagle Farm.

At his fourth race start, the then three-year-old ran third behind Under the Louvre and Black Heart Bart in the Group One Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 10.

Black Heart Bart resumed on Saturday at Caulfield to win the Group One Memsie Stakes (1400m) with Under The Louvre running a close second in the Group Three Heath (1100m) at the same meeting.

The Virginian is set for a more low-key return.

As the winner of two of his four starts, he is still eligible for the Class 3 Plate (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The Virginian won a barrier trial at the Gold Coast last week and was an easy winner in 58.42 seconds, the fastest of the seven 1000m trials on the morning.

Trainer Toby Edmonds was happy with the hit-out but wants to see the gelding back on the racetrack before committing him to anything bigger.

"Helen Page had a couple of speedy horses in his trial and they got along a bit. But he sat off them and was too strong at the finish," Edmonds said.

"At this stage he will be in the Class Three Plate and then we will see about Sydney or Melbourne."

The Virginian, one of 24 nominations for the 1000m-race taken on Monday, is by Hinchinbrook and is raced by Stuart Ramsay.

His fellow Group One-placed stablemate Sagaronne will not be seen this spring after having a minor knee chip operation.

"It is nothing major but we will give her a good break and she can come back for next winter," Edmonds said.

Sagaronne ran second to Press Statement in the 2015 J J Atkins.

Mark Oberhardt - AAP

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