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Cym-bolic victory at Ipswich

Cym-bolic victory at Ipswich

IT was an appropriate time of the year for the Meagher family to collect a win at Ipswich as Cymbalism saluted with Ronnie Stewart aboard. Cymbalism is trained by Chris Meagher, who is currently heading up the Meagher family training operations in Melbourne and Brisbane. Chris’ father John trained Melbourne Cup winner What a Nuisance back in 1985 for multiple Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams. In all, Williams has hoisted six Melbourne Cups including Green...

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Filly to watch after surprise win

Filly to watch after surprise win

BRISBANE trainer Lawrie Mayfield-Smith collected his second Ipswich winner in as many months after Sunny St Cloud saluted on Wednesday. Mayfield-Smith has been training in Queensland for a few decades with the good race mare Sonata arguably being his best charge over that time. Sonata was Group 1 Oaks placed and won a Group 3 Tattersalls Cup as a three-year-old in the mid-1990s. Sunny St Cloud is a three-year-old filly as well. She surprised at just her second race start...

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TURF CHAT Ipswich punters still cashing in

TURF CHAT Ipswich punters still cashing in

THE Ipswich race meeting corresponding to the VRC Oaks Day went off without a hitch with just six races on the day. As all other TAB tracks raced on Melbourne Cup day, the galloping ranks were thinly spread resulting in a smaller than normal card at Ipswich. This didn’t stop punters however as all winners on the day were on the top or second line of betting. These included the Beaudesert-based Temujin’s Moon for trainer Greg Cornish and jockey Michael Cahill....

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Why so much relief was felt at race meeting

Why so much relief was felt at race meeting

AS Ecker Road crossed the line in first place for Gold Coast based trainer Bruce Hill and rider Matthew Palmer last Wednesday, there were already many people breathing a sigh of relief at how well the Ipswich track raced. After being without racing for two and a half weeks due to weather affected tracks, racing was back on at Bundamba. That was despite the storm which dumped 52 mm of rain three days earlier on the Sunday afternoon. Not only was racing back on but the track...

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Controversial decision impacts Ipswich racing

Controversial decision impacts Ipswich racing

THE Metropolitan meeting last Wednesday at the Ipswich Turf Club was abandoned on the morning of the races. However not all participants were happy with this situation. After the track had been rated a heavy 8 on the eve of the meeting after 2mm of rain that Tuesday afternoon, there was no expectation from the club of any issue with the race meeting taking place. There had previously been 28mm rain on the preceding Friday night, and 4mm on the Monday afternoon. Despite this...

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Ipswich track back in favour

Ipswich track back in favour

JOCKEY Ryan Maloney gave a thumbs-up assessment to the Bundamba surface at last Tuesday’s Ipswich meeting. After recent track refurbishments and a cancellation of the meeting on the previous Wednesday following an irrigation malfunction, there was a nervous anticipation of how the track would race. After a dry spell during August and September, 15mm rain on Sunday, September 30, added to the puzzle. There need not have been any concern however as the track raced...

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