Toby Edmonds has had more than 100 winners in the past 12 months but few gave him as much satisfaction as reformed “naughty boy” Locus at Ipswich.
Ridden by leading jockey Jeff Lloyd, Locus was sent out at $8.50 and strolled home by 5-1/4 lengths in Wednesday’s 1200m-maiden run on a heavy track.
Edmonds admitted Locus, who is raced by one of his biggest owners Mark Sowerby, had been a work in progress.
“He has been a naughty boy at times. At his first race start he was a good second at the Sunshine Coast so we decided to take him to Scone for a rich maiden,” Edmonds said.
“He stood in the barriers and eventually ran 11th. Since then he has had a few barrier problems and we have had to work with him.”
“But he jumped today and we were able to ride him forward. Hopefully, he can go on from here because he has ability.”
Racing in the ownership of Mr M S Sowerby and Rkh Thoroughbreds, Locus is by former Blue Sky Bloodstock yearling purchase Beneteau out of Sassy Peg, and was secured by Julian Blaxland from the draft of Arrowfield Stud at the Magic Millions yearling sale in 2015.