Byrne’s Out Late in front after double
MULTIPLE Ipswich Jockey Premiership winner Jim Byrne was at it again on Friday, collecting a double of wins.
The first was aboard Out Late, for Gold Coast trainer Peter Balzen. Out Late is a three-year-old gelding who had seven previous career starts without winning.
His maiden win on Friday helped to push Byrne further clear on the current Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership ladder.
Sunshine Coast galloper Gherardini was the second of Byrne’s double for trainer Stuart Kendrick. That increased Byrne’s season tally to 19 wins, four ahead of Tim Bell who he narrowly defeated to clinch last season’s premiership.
Gherardinin is a three-year-old filly who was perhaps suited by the heavy shower of rain that arrived just after 3pm.
This rain resulted in a delay as groundsmen were requested by stewards and jockeys to move the rail out on the home turn to avoid an area which became quite gluey following the heavy shower.
This work is another indicator of the lengths they need to go to keep the track in good condition during the current hectic schedule while covering for Eagle Farm.
Long-time trainer Pat Duff earlier in the day commented that the grounds crew were performing a terrific job in keeping up with the workload and that the racing surface is currently perhaps the best in South East Queensland.
Another jockey to ride a winning double was former South African and globetrotting hoop Jeff Lloyd.
He won aboard the John Thomas trained Coup D’etat and the Jan Pritchard trained We’re Ready to continue his strong form from his Gold Coast base.
The two winning trainers are from Toowoomba and Beaudesert respectively, showing support for Ipswich from all over South East Queensland.
Group 1 carnivals:
THE terrific Group 1 racing in the southern states continued on the weekend as the Melbourne Autumn Carnival nears its end.
The Newmarket Handicap was easily won by Chris Waller’s three- year-old Brazen Beau, who defeated three other gallopers staking a claim for the tag of outright world sprinting champion.
It appears that Brazen Beau will again meet the other three – Lankan Rupee, Terra Vista, and Chautauqua – in the $2.5 million TJ Smith in a couple of weeks in Sydney. This race may be a different story at weight for age.
In the Australian Cup, the Hayes and Dabernig stable collected the quinella with Spillway and Extra Zero as Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist again showed that he needs a longer distance.
The last Melbourne Group 1 race of the season is the William Reid Stakes next week on the Friday night. However all eyes will be on Sydney racing over the next five weeks as an amazing 17 group one races are contested.
After the Coolmore Classic was narrowly won by Plucky Belle on Saturday, this weekend features five Group 1 events at Rosehill.
The most important of these races is the richest two-year-old race in the world – the Golden Slipper worth $3.5m. Other Group 1 races are the Ranvet, the Galaxy, the George Ryder Stakes, and the Rosehill Guineas.
Best wishes Barry:
MANY people have sent their best regards to well-respected former Ipswich Turf Club secretary Barry Hinton.
Barry is undergoing some health issues.
Barry was secretary of the club for almost a decade during the 1990s.
He is widely regarded for the terrific job he did at the time, resigning only due to a health problem.
From all at the ITC and racing community, we hope to again see Barry back at the club.