Colless turns back the clock for winning treble
IT WAS like old times again as top jockey Glen Colless collected a treble of wins at the Ipswich metropolitan race meeting last Wednesday.
The affable Colless has won five Ipswich jockey’s premierships over the years, although the last of those wins was in the last decade.
When combining with Alan Bailey, who himself won seven Ipswich trainer’s premierships, Colless was almost unbeatable a decade ago.
In recent times Colless has teamed up with Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn, who became the first interstate trainer to win an Ipswich trainer’s premiership three years ago.
Colless was aboard the second winner of two for Matt Dunn on Wednesday – Snitziola which won the eighth race of a nine race card.
The first winner for Dunn was Alpintoro in the opening race and the jockey was former South African and multiple international Group 1 winner Jeff Lloyd.
These two winners took Dunn’s tally for the current season to 12 wins, which is now three ahead of Tony Gollan, who trained a couple of placegetters on Wednesday in Bernindini and Sequalex.
The other two winners for Glen Colless were Gowan Brae for trainer Kelly Schweida and Touch of Bella for the Toowoomba based Tony Sears.
It was great to see Colless claiming a treble of wins at Ipswich, which has been a happy hunting ground for the superbly balanced jockey for many years.
Another former Ipswich premier jockey claimed a winning double on Wednesday as Michael Cahill guided home winners in the second and ninth races of the day.
Cahill is another former globetrotting jockey and his wins on Wednesday were aboard I’m Hector for Brisbane’s Desleigh Forster, and Freerocker for trainer Tim Hurley who trains out of Deagon.
Hansen wins again
SUNSHINE Coast trainer Darryl Hansen has had three winners at Ipswich over the past month after the galloper Requirement added to his growing tally on Wednesday.
Six-year-old gelding Requirement was ridden by one of the boom apprentices Matt McGuren, and finally cracked a win at Ipswich at his fifth start at the track.
It is history now that Hansen’s two-year-old Le Chef won his maiden at Ipswich on Christmas Eve, prior to becoming a millionaire by winning the Magic Millions for two-year-olds on the Gold Coast on January 10.
Afterwards Hansen was glowing in his assessment of the Ipswich track and spoke of working at Ipswich with thoroughbreds two decades ago for a brief time.
Group 1 returns
ON SATURDAY week the running of the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield in Melbourne will herald the commencement of Group 1 racing in Australia for 2015.
The Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm on February 28 is the start in Sydney as the Championships of the Autumn Carnival provide a couple of weeks of mouth-watering Group 1 racing in NSW.
The Newmarket Handicap and the Australian Cup of $1m prize money each are the major prizes in Victoria, whilst in NSW there is massive prize money with the Doncaster Handicap carrying $3m, the Golden Slipper $3.5m, and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes $4m over the rich carnival in that state.
Top sprinters such as Terravista, Deep Field, Lankan Rupee, and Chautauqua are all back in work as are stayers including Lucia Valentina and Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist, who are stabled together at Newcastle with trainer Kris Lees.
In late April the Queensland Winter Carnival commences and will run through until the Ipswich Cup Day on June 13 and Tattersalls Tiara on June 20.