Trainer Toby Edmonds believes there are better things are ahead for Spot On Target after his commanding win at Doomben on Saturday.
Spot On Target (6g Markane – Merry Road by Sea Road) led all the way in the Brothers Grange Sports Hcp (1350m) to record his second win in three starts for Edmonds. He was previously prepared by the late Howard Wilson and had been runner-up to Linky Dink in the G1 T J Smith (1600m) at Eagle Farm in 2009.
Wilson was based on the Gold Coast for 30 years after initially training out of stables south of Sydney. His first big win had been with Dahma Star, a daughter of Tulloch, in the 1967 Christmas Cup at Rosehill.
“I wouldn’t say Spot On Target is a winter carnival horse but who knows if it’s wet,” Edmonds said. “He’s pretty good when the jar is out of the track.”
His sire Markane (Red Ransom) raced in Tony Santic’s famous colours and was stakes placed at Flemington as a two year-old. Originally with Glen Avon Lodge owner Fred Brown, he also stood at Eureka Stud before a further transfer to Banchory Stud last year.
Spot On Target was bred and sold by Brown for $38,000 at the 2008 Gold Coast Magic Millions Summer yearling sale. His dam Merry Road is from a winning half-sister to Champion Australian sprinter Takeover Target and second dam Merry Shade (Spectacular Spy) was a Listed winner of the Reginald Allen Hcp and Widden Stakes at Randwick.
Spot On Target has a 2yo brother named Oak ‘N’ Arthur in work with Gold Coast trainer John Morrissey. Merry Road died shortly after foaling another Markane colt in September 2011.