WHYPEEO CLAIMS MICK DITTMAN PLATE

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Whypeeo defied wet tracks fears to stamp himself a genuine Brisbane winter carnival contender with a dominant win in the Listed Mick Dittman Plate at Doomben on Saturday.

Whypeeo, ridden by premier jockey Jeff Lloyd, led all the way to down Meikas by four lengths with Godolphin’s Marble in third place, a further three-quarters of a length away.

Winning trainer Toby Edmonds admitted his biggest fear with Whypeeo was how the three-year-old would handle a heavy track after it was downgraded from a slow 7 following early showers during the meeting.

Prior to claiming his second Listed race win, Whypeeo had never raced on a rain-affected track with all four previous wins in eight starts coming on dry surfaces.

Whypeeo will now chase bigger winter riches and will likely have his next start in the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas (1200m) on May 5.

Whypeeo was having his first start since a fading fourth in the Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast in January but was primed for a first-up win following an easy barrier trial win on his home track.

Edmonds admitted he was relieved with how Whypeeo coped with the conditions.

“It’s a big relief as I wasn’t sure how he’d handle the wet as I rate him better on top of the ground,” Edmonds said.

“He’ll probably go the Gold Coast Guineas next and I’ll see how he’s going at the time whether to push on to the bigger races like the 10,000 and Stradbroke.”

21 APRIL 2018

By Glenn Davis