Smart grey worth watching
TOOWOOMBA mare Bonsho won at her second start at Ipswich to continue an early run for favourites at Ipswich.
Bonsho started at $2.40 at last Thursday’s race meeting.
Four-year-old grey Bonsho is putting together a smart record having won four and placed four times from 11 career starts for prize money of $70,000.
At Ipswich, the Tony Sears mare has collected a win and a second place from the two starts as she continues to build on her impressive results to date.
In the first of the day, Jim Byrne rode favourite Solo Melody to victory for Eagle Farm trainer Bruce Brown at $2.10 and the third race went to Locus for Gold Coast’s Toby Edmonds with Jeff Lloyd aboard.
Byrne collected another winner later in the day as Scarlett Hussie won for Eagle Farm trainer Chris Anderson.
This was Byrne’s 10th Ipswich winner just into the second quarter of the season. He is one win behind Jeff Lloyd, who is a further win behind Robbie Fradd.
Fradd has started the season in fine style.
THE Ipswich-based Brian Costello stable had a terrific finish to the day as Princely Sum collected his maiden win on his home track.
Despite a wide draw, Princely Sum made up for his recent narrow defeat at Ipswich with a strong finishing run at $3.20.
If that wasn’t enough, the stable completed the day with a second place to their only other runner Casino Gold. This galloper performed above market framer expectations given that he was next to the roughest of the field.
There was a healthy $6.50 place dividend for this son of Casino Prince, the same sire of Princely Sum.
Ipswich links at Flemington
THE sparkling four-day Flemington Spring Carnival was contested last week with as always, a number of talking points.
Rekindling became the first northern hemisphere galloper since Vintage Crop in 1993 to win the Melbourne Cup without an Australian lead-up run. He also became the first three-year-old to win the Cup since Skipton in 1941, despite being listed as a four-year-old in raceforms.
This is due to the galloper being bred in the northern hemisphere, which makes him four on the southern hemisphere basis of August 1 equine birthdays, however, still three until the northern hemisphere date of January 1.
Interestingly, the first four in the Melbourne Cup came from inside barrier six, which became a huge advantage in a race run four seconds slower than Almandin did in 2016, despite the good 3 rating of the track this year.
Gai Waterhouse won the Oaks with Pinot and Redzel confirmed himself as Australia’s best sprinter by winning the Darley for his sixth consecutive win across three states including two Group 1 races and the inaugural Everest.
There were also a couple of Ipswich links.
Corey Brown, who rode at Ipswich in June on Ipswich Cup Day, collected his second Melbourne Cup after Shocking gave the connected Ipswich Mortimer family a big thrill back in 2009. There were also a couple of winning gallopers during the carnival that had Ipswich connections.
Ocean Embers won for connections including the Bert Racing Syndicate on Melbourne Cup Day as reported last week in the QT. Also, Tosen Stardom provided another Group 1 thrill for connections including Ipswich part-owner Jamie Stumer in winning the Stakes on Saturday.
The only remaining Group 1 races in Australia for the balance of 2017 are in Western Australia.
This weekend Sandown has Group Racing including the Sandown Classic, formerly known as the Sandown Cup.
FOLLOWING the earlier resignation of Paul Pisasale from the Ipswich Turf Club Committee of Management, a replacement was recently made in Ipswich accountant Brad Bulow.
Brad brings significant skills to the club. He was the only nomination received for the vacant position.
Ipswich racing continues tomorrow followed by Wednesday next week to complete the November program. In December, there are three Friday race meetings – 1st, 15th, and 22nd.