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Edwards Buoyed by Ben Thompson booking for Pentito

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Trainer Jason Edwards is hoping for a QTIS windfall before the end of the current racing season with talented three-year-old Pentito, who makes his comeback at Doomben on Wednesday.

Jockey: BEN THOMPSON.
Jockey: BEN THOMPSON. Picture: Racing and Sports

Pentito returns in the QTIS Three-Year-Old Benchmark 65 Handicap over 1200 metres and will be ridden by Ben Thompson.

Edwards was hopeful Pentito, a son of Spill The Beans, would develop into a Queensland Derby hope during the TAB Queensland Racing Carnival but opted against that mission after the gelding finished third at Eagle Farm in March.

"I ran him over 1600 metres at the Sunshine Coast in February but he went too bad and didn't finish off," Edwards said.

"He pulled up a bit distressed so I brought him back in distance when he ran third at Eagle Farm at his last run.

"Those last two runs told me he wasn't quite ready yet for a winter carnival campaign."

Pentito, who will jump from barrier three, has been in work for 11 weeks and has had the benefit of a barrier trial at Doomben, where he ran fourth to the Chris Anderson-trained Rubiquitous.

"He's doing well and I've always had a good opinion of him but we haven't seen the best of him yet," Edwards said.

"He was the only horse with steel shoes in his barrier trial and they ran fast time.

"The form out of the trial is good as Rubiquitous ran third at Ipswich last Saturday."

Edwards believes Pentito has done enough work to be competitive in his comeback before he targets another two QTIS races before the new season on August 1.

"I want to scoop up three QTIS races with him before the end of the season," Edwards said.

"After Wednesday there's two more QTIS races coming up for him next month.

"He's definitely up to winning on Wednesday and if he can win all three QTIS races it would be a bonus."

Pentito was a cheap $15,000 buy at the Magic Millions March sales and already has won more than $88,000 in prize money for connections, which includes Olympic weight lifter Matthew Lydement, who competed at the Tokyo Games.

Pentito has the honour of claiming the scalp of former Queenslander Star Patrol in a 1350 metre maiden at Doomben last October.

Star Patrol was trained at the time by Kacy Fogden and had one start for Mark Newham in Sydney before winning three straight in Victoria for Clinton McDonald.

Star Patrol showed he was up to stakes level finishing second in the Listed Creswick Stakes at Flemington last month.

 


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