Double success has jockey riding high
RYAN Wiggins collected a winning double at Ipswich’s latest race meeting to finish the season in style with 17 victories.
This would probably be the best return for Wiggins in a season at Ipswich where he has been a regular visitor over the years.
Wiggins’ double started with New Zealand bred filly Gorada, who was having her fourth race start in the Mile Maiden Plate.
Gorada is trained by John Morrisey and is bred to get better as the races get longer being out of the Zabeel mare Rozeel.
Champion New Zealand sire Zabeel, who passed away in September, had a major influence on staying stock over the past couple of decades. Zabeel sired many big race winners such as Might and Power among three Melbourne Cup winners, Savabeel among four Cox Plate winners, and the highly popular racehorse Octagonal.
This galloper, as well as winning a number of Group 1 races, went exceptionally close to a Golden Slipper win for Zabeel when a close second to Flying Spur in 1995.
The Inflamer was the second winner for Wiggins in the Maiden Handicap sprint. The Inflamer, who had his first start on Friday, is trained by Stuart Ken- drick on the Sunshine Coast.
Connections were well pleased to collect a win at the first try.
Late rally secures Byrne premiership
NOT for the first time in his career, Jim Byrne won the Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership title on the final day of the season by collecting a winning double.
Going into Friday’s meeting, Tegan Harrison was on 31 wins and Byrne on 30. It all went wrong for Harrison with the early scratching of her rides Scrap Copper in the final race and the late scratching of Jazzy Ruler in the sixth race.
Byrne took full advantage winning aboard Allena, for Deagon trainer Sam Strazzieri, and Bancroft in the sixth race for Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn. This gave Byrne his record seventh Ipswich Premiership, which adds to three Apprentices Premierships from early in his career.
Jim Orman collected the Apprentice Jockey Premier- ship with 27 season wins.
Tony Gollan made it consecutive Trainer’s Premierships with a tally of 31.
Farewell Dr Brennan
DURING the race meeting on Friday at Ipswich, the sad news came through that the club’s number one member Dr Kev Brennan had passed away that morning. It followed a number of years of ill health.
A highly respected physician in Ipswich of many decades, Dr Brennan has been the number one badge holder at the Ipswich Turf Club for nine years, indicating he had held continuous membership at the club for many decades.
Initially, Dr Brennan was the honorary club doctor of the ITC. His membership at the club is believed to have dated back to 1956.
Dr Brennan was heavily involved with the wider Ipswich community over many years.
Dr Brennan’s funeral is at St Marys Church at 11am on Friday followed by a wake at the Ipswich Turf Club Jibboom Lounge which combines with Friday’s race day.
Parking for this private function is available in the Member’s Carpark at the ITC. There will be some reserved parking inside the gates as well.
Friday’s race meeting is the first of four Friday meetings in August at Ipswich as the new season commences.