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Class prevails as Cylinder Beach swamps his cup rivals

By Glen McCullough Courtesy of The Chronicle

JOCKEY Jim Byrne predicts bigger things ahead for emerging Brisbane stayer Cylinder Beach after the pair swept to victory in today's $100,000 Wippells Auto Toowoomba Cup (2000m) at Clifford Park.

A pre-race barrier incident which brought about the last scratching of Elegies sent Byrnes' cup plan awry, but it made no difference to the result with Cylinder Beach proving too classy for his rivals to deliver Byrne a record-equalling fourth Toowoomba Cup success.

Cylinder Beach ($2.90 fav) arrived from well back mid-race to down Magnatune ($21) by 1 1/4 lengths.

Race leader Sheiswhatsheis ($5) was 2 1/2 lengths away third.

Toowoomba mare Dream Finnish ($5) finished in fourth spot.

Winning trainer Desleigh Forster said the Group Two Brisbane Cup (2400m) at Eagle Farm on June 10 was looming large as a winter carnival goal for Cylinder Beach.

"He'll continue on a Brisbane Cup campaign, but I'll just be guided by Jimmy (Byrne)," Forster said.

"He's had three rides on him now for three wins."   But Forster is likely to hear the report she is hoping for with Byrne praising the gelding in his post-race media interview.

"Things went a bit pear-shaped at the start after the barrier trouble before they jumped," Byrne said.

"My plan was to be a bit handier (in the run) and that went out the window.

"But he was able to go forward when we needed to and I think he's a real good stayer.

"He's a good stayer with a good turn of foot under weight.

"There's a real good win in him."

Byrne's previous Toowoomba Cup wins came aboard Dutch Boy (1994), 'tis Love (2001), and Honey Toast (2016).

He now shares the record with Ben Tebb and Jack Ross.

CYLINDER BEACH GIFTS BYRNE FOURTH CUP

Courtesy of The Courier Mail

JIM Byrne notched a record-equalling fourth Toowoomba Cup win as Cylinder Beach stamped his Winter Carnival passport with a dominant performance in yesterday’s $100,000 feature.

Byrne joined Jack Ross and Ben Tebb as the most successful jockeys in the race’s history, having previously won on Dutch Boy (1994), ‘Tis Love (2001) and Honey Toast (2016).

Yesterday’s win on Cylinder Beach came after a slower than expected getaway.

“It went pear-shaped out of the gates. He was a bit slow away and I planned to be a lot handier than I was,” Byrne said.

“But it probably turned out to be a blessing. I was able to get him into a really good rhythm and breathing pattern back in the field.

“He was the best horse in the race and I just had to keep him out of trouble.

“He wanted to hang in a bit which is unlike him. It was probably because he’s never been that wide before.”

Like Pornichet two years earlier, Cylinder Beach made light of his hefty impost and Byrne believes he can make a similar impact on the carnival as Pornichet did.

“I think he’s a really good stayer. He has a good turn of foot and he can use that under a big weight,” Byrne said.

“I know the opposition is not there yet, but I have no doubt he can measure up to the winter carnival with those attributes.”

Trainer Desleigh Forster is adamant Cylinder Beach will be even better at 2400m and she’s earmarked a Brisbane Cup campaign.

“He was the best horse in the race and that’s the way he won. Jimmy does such a great job with him. He’s won three from three on him now,” she said.