Lightly raced five year old Eduardo had to overcome a wide barrier before winning the Group 2 $200,000 McCafe Caulfield Sprint (1000m) at Caulfield today.
Winning jockey Brian Park was caught three wide from barrier seven in the eight horse field but was able to get the Sarah Zschoke trained gelding into a smooth rhythm in midfield.
“It worked out really good the pace. We got to settle out three wide with cover,” Park said.
“Coming around them he put himself there so easily I thought I might as well stoke him up after straightening and it worked out really good.”
Eduardo was only having his fifth race start and put the writing on the wall last start when a close second to I Am Excited in the Group 2 $200,000 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 6.
Eduardo was sent out as thee $2.90 favourite and never gave his backers any worries in the straight to record a three quarters of a length win over the consistent She Knows ($10).
Third placegetter Bons Away ($5) settled near the tail of the field and made up some good ground along the inside fence.
Zschoke has only a small team of horses in her Cranbourne stables and is hoping Eduardo’s win today in the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint will help to boost her numbers.
“That would be fantastic to get a few more horses in the stables,” Zschoke said.
“We always thought he was up to it and I think he is just a really nice horse.”
Eduardo has now won three of his five race starts and has pushed his prizemoney earnings to over the $200,000 mark.