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.