Tyzone storms into Stradbroke contention

BRISBANE May 18 2019

Tyzone rocketed into Stradbroke Handicap contention following his barnstorming victory in the Group Three BRC Sprint at Doomben.

Jockey Blake Shinn had Tyzone ($11) travelling comfortably three wide in third last spot before the gelding unleashed a withering burst in the straight to win running away by 1-3/4 lengths.

Violate ($20) was an unlucky second after being blocked for a run soon after straightening with I'm A Rippa ($9.50), who was aiming for back-to-back wins in the race, a brave third a short half-head away.

TAB Fixed Odds reacted swiftly following Tyzone's win, installing him outright second favourite at $8 for the $1.5 million Group One Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 8 behind unbeaten three-year-old Zoustyle at $6.

Trainer Toby Edmonds said Tyzone's win dispelled any doubts about his ability to handle distances further than 1200m.

"I think it put to bed today anyone's concern about him running the trip," Edmonds said.

"I've got no issue with it. He just needs to be ridden quiet like Blake did, and credit to Blake he got a good bollocking for his ride at Randwick the other day.

"He's very professional, he chased the ride, he was confident and gave him a gun ride."

Violate shortened from $101 to $51 for the Stradbroke following his unlucky defeat while Chapter And Verse faces a difficult job to make the field after he finished fourth as the $2.70 favourite.

Jockey Mark Du Plessis had to weave a course in the straight to gain clear running aboard Chapter And Verse.

"He's run super. He likes to find his feet but he still hit the line good," Du Plessis said.

Tyzone will be attempting to become only the second horse to complete the BRC Sprint-Stradbroke double which was last achieved by River Lad in 2014.



Stephen Rodgers - AAP

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