First Metro Winner For TBB
Eminent Son (inside) was a strong winner today at Sandown, surviving a protest, to win the Chandler Macleod Handicap over 1000m giving Todd Blum Bloodstock their first city win.
The Frankie Stockdale trained three-year-old was ridden by Frankie's son, Brandon, who handled the wayward Eminent Son really well.
"He was hanging that hard he should have won by lengths the horse if he went straight," Stockdale junior said after the race.
"As soon as he bounced out he started hanging and I was struggling to keep him on the inside and then ended up working his way to the outside and he was nearly coming into contact with other runner's but I was just doing my best to try and keep him straight but he was hanging that hard.
"The horse has got ability but it has just taken a bit to get him there."
There was a protest lodged second against first which was dismissed. Eat Dessert First ridden by Luke Nolan and trained by Ciaron Maher thought that slight contact made by Eminent on down the straight cost them their chances but the stewards didn't agree.
"It was great to see Eminent Son go on with the job today after an impressive win last Tuesday with Brandon on board then as well," said Todd Blum
"Frankie has always had a big opinion of this horse and Brandon said a similar thing after the race also."
Eminent Son was purchased at the Magic Millions Gold Coast 2yo's In Training Sale for $100,000 by Frankie Stockdale and Todd Blum Bloodstock and is owned by a sydicate headed by John Plozza.
Eminent Son has now raced seven times with two wins and two thirds and has amassed just under $40,000 in prize money so far.
"There is a range of owners in this horse so its great to see him get another win for them as well and the father-son combination of Frankie and Brandon is lethal at the moment with four wins coming from their last four stars together."
Eminent Son rounded out a terrific nine day period for Todd Blum Bloodstock with four runners in that time for two wins and two second placings.