Overseas jockey on trail of success in Qld

Overseas jockey on trail of success in Qld

AFTER a long haul trip, former champion Zimbabwean jockey Mark Du Plessis announced himself at Ipswich with a winning double. Du Plessis originally made a name for himself as the champion apprentice in Zimbabwe in the mid 1990’s, followed by a number of years as a senior rider. He first became Zimbabwean champion jockey just prior to the turn of the millennium. Du Plessis then embarked on riding stints around the world, including Hong Kong and New Zealand. His...

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Apprentice joins the big name winners

Apprentice joins the big name winners

NEIGHBOURING training centre Beaudesert collected a win with the Greg Cornish-trained Charlie Cat at the latest Ipswich racetrack meeting. It was the seven year old’s first start at Ipswich and apprentice Jed Hodge guided Charlie Cat home for his sixth career win while pushing his career prizemoney tally over $100,000. Hodge was the only apprentice to collect a win on Friday as the senior riders made the play for most of the day. The Beaudesert racing fraternity has...

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Favourite punters have big day out

Favourite punters have big day out

GOLDEN Sheaf’s win in the first race launched a stellar day for favourite punters at last week’s metropolitan race meeting at Ipswich. With jockey Micheal Hellyer aboard, Golden Sheaf gave favourite backers plenty to cheer about. Six of the seven races on last Wednesday’s card were won by the top pick. Golden Sheaf is trained by David Vandyke and was the first leg of a winning training double at $2.50. The second leg was $1.30 favourite Asharani, which was...

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Ipswich Cup spirit

Ipswich Cup spirit

Over 20,000 racegoers revelled in the Channel Seven Ipswich Cup celebrations last Saturday. Ipswich Turf Club General Manager Brett Kitching said the community of Ipswich was treated to perfect weather, quality racing and entertainment at this year’s event. “The community again displayed excellent behaviour in another show of spirit and pride in our city,” Brett said. “The Queensland Police Service again confirmed a minimum of incidents with just two arrests across the...

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Cup Day keeps Ipswich racing ahead

Cup Day keeps Ipswich racing ahead

PERFECT weather, a huge crowd, a quality racing surface and strong fields combined to ensure a terrific Ipswich Cup Day at the Ipswich Racetrack on Saturday. The community of Ipswich again displayed excellent behaviour in another show of spirit and pride in our city. Queensland Police Service again confirmed a minimum of incidents with just two arrests across the course on the day. Premiership leading trainer Tony Gollan collected a double of wins to claim training honours...

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IPSWICH CUP: 20,074 people and only two arrests

IPSWICH CUP: 20,074 people and only two arrests

AMONG more than 20,000 people sharing 150,000 drinks among them, only two people had a run in with police at the Ipswich Cup on Saturday. Organisers were bracing themselves for what they anticipated would be a 20,000-strong crowd and they weren’t far off with the final gate tally coming in at 20, 074. Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching said arrests on Ipswich Cup day had been declining over the past decade, and there had been only two arrests at each...

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