Trent and Toby Edmonds-trained Alpine Edge to have gear change in Golden Slipper campaign

Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Alpine Edge will wear blinkers in his Golden Slipper campaign which will ramp up with a hitout on his home track next Tuesday.

And three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Glen Boss is in the frame to ride Alpine Edge in the Slipper and when the colt is next seen at the races in the Group 2 Todman Stakes at Randwick on March 6.

Glen Boss is in the frame to ride Queenslander Alpine Edge a Golden Slipper campaign. Pic: Racing Photos via Getty Images.Source:Getty Images

Toby and Trent Edmonds-trained Alpine Edge was slow to begin in the 2YO Classic in January before surging home to finish just over a length behind winner Shaquero.

Alpine Edge has more than enough prizemoney to qualify for the Golden Slipper even though the cheque from his second-placed Magic Millions finish doesn’t count in the race for Golden Slipper spots.

Trent Edmonds, who feels Alpine Edge would have strongly challenged the Magic Millions winner if not for missing the kick, said the colt would race in the Todman Stakes as a prelude to his Golden Slipper grand final a fortnight later.

But first, Alpine Edge will blow out the cobwebs in a 900m jumpout, which will also feature stablemate Vanna Girl, on the Gold Coast next Tuesday.

“He has been working in blinkers and they haven’t made a huge amount of difference as he is such a laid-back dude, but he will wear them in the Todman and the Slipper to hopefully make that turn of foot he has even a bit sharper,“ Trent Edmonds said.

“It is a bit unknown how the Magic Millions form will stack up going into the Slipper but we are taking a punt he will race well in it.

“If he didn’t miss the kick like he did in the Magic Millions, who knows, you could make a case he would have challenged the winner.”

Magic Millions winner Shaquero, who last week won a Rosehill trial, appears set to race in either the Todman or the Group 2 Skyline Stakes a week earlier to nail a Golden Slipper spot.

Gold Coast Magic Millions winner Shaquero and runner-up Alpine Edge (centre). Picture: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography.Source:The Courier-Mail

Meanwhile, Vanna Girl, a Group 2 winner during last year’s Brisbane Winter Carnival who was two lengths off Shout The Bar in the Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes during the Melbourne spring carnival, may have the first start of her upcoming campaign in Queensland.

Team Edmonds has the Queensland winter carnival in mind for her, with the Group 1 Doomben Cup a potential target.

But if she performs well first-up she could be headed to Sydney for the Group 1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes during The Championships.

Originally published asAlpine seeking an Edge in Golden Slipper campaign

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