Toby Edmonds is another Scone-bred local who is making tsunami scale waves at the very top level. I am reminded by Geoff Palmer in the ‘Belmore Hotel’ that he taught Toby to ride when at Noisy Noonan’s old stables at the bottom end of town. Another stable mate was emerging champion trainer Peter Snowdon. There must have been something in the feed; or water in lower Aberdeen Street? Maybe it was Geoff’s exquisite early tuition? Geoff was multi-skilled at shearing, stockman, horse breaker, track work rider, trainer, rouse-about, slaughter man and a variety of other. I clearly recall a dedicated young ingenue asking all questions and desperately keen to learn.
The mix of old school horsemanship taught to him by two greats in Neville Begg and Peter Snowden and new training techniques learnt by vying his trade in some of the best training centres in Australia has given Toby the necessary tools to compete with the best.
Based on the Gold Coast at Bundall the climate and facilities enable horses to produce their best performance possible on race day.
Toby believes in his ability to place his horses to perfection giving owners the ultimate chance at success they strive for.
Toby offers first class facilities at the Gold Coast Turf Club home to the famous Magic Millions Carnival and also the time honoured Hollindale Stakes.
After spending 2010 as Patinack Farm’s Queensland foreman Toby is now training back in his own right and has already firmly entrenched himself as one of Queensland’s leading trainers. Toby’s facilities consist of a 37 horse barn, 8 horse-walker, a beautiful canal walk to the track where the horses can stop for a pick of grass and all the world class training tracks. Col Watts told me Toby has recently expanded his stables with some serious 21st century construction. With nearby beaches frequently utilized there is every reason to believe any horse will be a winner with Edmonds Racing!
This prediction was franked ‘in spades’ with wins by ‘Tyzone’ in the Group I Stradbroke Handicap @ Eagle Farm and also ‘Vanna Girl’ in Group II ‘The Roses’ at the same track.