Check out $201 winner at Ipswich track
BEAUDESERT trainer Ben Ahrens created quite a stir with the win of Danger Annie at the latest Ipswich race meeting.
Danger Annie won the 1200 metre maiden on the card at closing UBET fixed odds of $201.
It was the fifth career start and second from a spell for Danger Annie and the long odds reflected the latest first up result of last of 10 starters at the Sunshine Coast beaten nine lengths a fortnight earlier.
The $201 odds were despite a third placing at her only start at Ipswich, which was her first career start back in March of this year.
Despite a wide draw at 14 of 15 starters, jockey Wanderson D’Avila was able to secure the win just holding off a favoured runner in Tony Gollan’s Splitter.
To add further interest to the race, there was a dead heat for third with the prize split between Robert Heathcote’s Vienna Moon and Rex Lipp’s Rotindy.
After 40mm of rain earlier in the week, the track carried a soft rating into the race and this may have been the key to Danger Annie turning her fortunes around.
The row of storms that swept across the south east on Friday coincided with the race although there was little rain at Bundamba on the day as the storms split and passed by.
IN the first race at Ipswich last Friday, winner Heart of a Rebel travelled from Oakey to start a day of successful travellers from far and wide.
Heart of a Rebel won the 2170 metre maiden with Micheal Hellyer aboard after making the 250 kilometre round trip from the Downs.
The first success came for the five-year-old mare at her 17th career start and fifth start at Ipswich.
Heart of Rebel’s win was followed by a Gold Coast winner with Wudang Blade for trainer Marcus Wilson and jockey Michael Cahill, before the Sunshine Coast’s Strike Sika won for Trevor Thomas and Nathan Thomas.
Beaudesert’s Danger Annie for Ben Ahrens and Wanderson D’Avila was next before a couple of Eagle Farm based gallopers won in Vol Vallee for David Murphy and Tiffani Brooker, and The Overdraft for Robert Heathcote and Ronnie Stewart.
The remaining winner for the day had the largest travel as Kumbia’s Fort Myer made the 400 kilometre round trip to win for Scott Pedron and Jim Byrne.
THE performance of super mare Winx on the weekend in the Turnbull Stakes was astonishing, as the great mare moved her tally to 21 consecutive wins.
The scintillating seven length win highlighted the great divide between Winx and the best of the rest as jockey Hugh Bowman eased her down over the final 50 metres and her career prize money moved to $13.4m.
However, on collecting the award for Australian Racehorse of the year at Brisbane on Sunday night, connections were quick to point out that it is not all about the money.
The more important factor is what Winx has done for the racing industry.
Massive boosts to race club attendances when she is racing, increased interest in the sport across the country, and a growing admiration from all for the athleticism of this equine marvel.
It is now to the Cox Plate for the third time which will equal the great Kingston Town’s record and surely promote Winx to the World Horse of the Year.
Ace High was the other Group 1 winner on the weekend in the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick where the $10m Everest will be held this week.
The next two weekends it is Caulfield taking centre stage as four Group 1 races are contested this week and the Caulfield Cup starts the three big Cups weeks on the following Saturday.
Ipswich racing continues tomorrow, followed by Wednesdays 18th and 25th to complete the October program.