Win­ter Bride is pride of her state

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - SPORT - MATHEW TOOGOOD

QUEENS­LAND mare Win­ter Bride has con­tin­ued on her win­ning way with a sec­ond Group 3 vic­tory dur­ing the Mel­bourne spring car­ni­val at Caulfield.

The Toby Ed­monds-trained Win­ter Bride re­sumed from a let-up with a win in the Group 3 How Now Stakes on Septem­ber 22.

And the four-year-old backed up that per­for­mance with an­other strong ef­fort to nar­rowly take out yes­ter­day’s Cape Grim Beef Stakes over the same 1200m course at Caulfield.

The vic­tory ex­tended the mare’s win­ning se­quence to four races stretch­ing back to the Queens­land win­ter and took her over­all record to eight wins from 16 starts.

With Ryan Maloney aboard, Win­ter Bride ($4.80) with­stood a chal­lenge from Booker ($13) on her out­side to get home by a short-head in Satur­day’s race with 1¼ lengths to Our Crown Mistress ($19) in third.

“She was game to­day,” Ed­monds said.

“She had a bit of weight (57kg) and she has gone up pretty quickly in the weights so that was against her.

“And she’s also prob­a­bly more adept with a bit of jar out of the track.

“I’m not sure where we’ll go now. We came down here tak­ing it one race at a time and we’ll work out where we go af­ter to­day.” again

DE­LIGHTED: Ryan Maloney af­ter win­ning on Queens­land mare Win­ter Bride.

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