Duo builds winning track partnership
JOCKEY Robbie Fradd rode another double at Ipswich on Friday, lifting the winning tally of leading trainer Tony Gollan.
Fradd had five rides for the day only being victorious with Gollan trained gallopers.
Gollan was also only successful with runners that Fradd was aboard.
The duo’s winning double featured Lord Coconuts in the Class 4 and the impressive El Campeador in the Class 2 race.
Gollan’s third runner for the day was unplaced Jet Spurring for jockey Jim Byrne. It finished behind the John Wallace trained and apprentice Noriyuki Masuda ridden Justasaga.
Wallace added to a long list of Ipswich successes, which included Ipswich Cup winner Oompala in 1994 prior to that galloper placing in the Melbourne Cup of the same year.
The win for Masuda helped Japanese riders to a double as Nozi Tomizawa was successful in the last race of the day aboard Benico’s Prince.
Fradd’s double moved him equal with Byrne at the head of the current season Premiership list with six for the season.
Gollan moved to seven wins, already well clear on the Trainer’s list with a lead of five over six individual trainers.
Gollan has shown his willingness to travel to Ipswich again this week with 12 stable acceptors for the midweek Metropolitan meeting tomorrow – almost a fifth of the total number of gallopers at the meeting.
FOR the second week in a row, there was an Ipswich trained winner at the Bundamba race meeting.
After World Series last week broke a run of outs for trainer Ron Drysdale, Lady Micaela won on Friday for long-time Ipswich trainer Brian Costello after five previously unplaced attempts at Ipswich.
The four-year-old mare was kept safe at $8 in the betting after placing at the Gold Coast at her previous start.
With Ric McMahon in the saddle she duly saluted to give an overdue win to the Costello clan of owners at their home track.
There was other success for Ipswich owners on Friday as ITC committeemen got in on the act with gallopers they are connected to.
Dr Allan Byrnes is a part owner of Venetian Beauty, which placed in the first race.
Treasurer Liam Tansey is connected with the Heinrich stable which collected a win with Military Miss.
Trent Quinn is a part owner of winner El Campeador.
Trent will next week give an insight into horse ownership as he and Steve Harling are guest columnists for a couple of weeks while I’m on leave.
Group one racing
FORMER Western Australian galloper Black Heart dispelled questions about him handling the distance as he easily won the Group 1 Underwood Stakes on Saturday at Caulfield. For his next two planned starts he will step up further in distance to 2000 metres for the Caulfield Stakes and Cox Plate, which are spaced a fortnight apart.
The other Group 1 winner on Saturday was Bon Aurum in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.
Group 1 racing this week is planned to largely dodge the NRL and AFL grand finals.
On Friday night at Moonee Valley, the Moir Stakes are contested before Sunday’s Turnbull Stakes are run at Flemington.
The Turnbull has traditionally been a strong guide to the Caulfield Cup, which is run on October 15.
In Sydney there is Super Saturday at Randwick to miss Sunday’s NRL final with three Group 1 races in the Epsom, Metropolitan, and Flight Stakes to leave only the Spring Champion Stakes at the following weekend to complete the Sydney Carnival.
The next Ipswich race meeting is tomorrow’s Metropolitan Wednesday meeting.
Sunshine Coast takes the Friday evening slot to link up with Moonee Valley Group 1 racing.
Ipswich racing then reverts to Fridays with meetings on October 7, 14, and 21, prior to Thursday meetings on October27 and VRC Oaks Day on November 3.