Emma’s enjoyable double reward
APPRENTICE jockey Emma Ljung collected a winning double at Ipswich last Wednesday with two Toowoomba trained gallopers.
The double came early in the day in the first two races and were the young jockey’s only two rides for the day.
The winning double was made up of The Real Boss trained by Tony Sears and Aileach trained by Rex Lipp.
That was the end of success for Toowoomba trainers on a large 10 race card, although Oakey trainer Peter Kings picked up the second last of the day with Benico’s Prince, which was ridden by Paul Hammersley.
This galloper paid a handsome dividend of $9.20 which was not the highest of the day. That title went to the Lismore visiting trainer Danny Bowen with Malmoosa ($15) in the previous race.
This galloper was ridden by Larry Cassidy.
Lloyd holds lead
JOCKEY Jeff Lloyd maintained his lead at the top of the Ipswich Premiership with a win aboard the Toby Edmonds trained Lyricist in the last race. That was win number 21 at Ipswich for Lloyd in another sterling season for him.
Lloyd will however need to keep an eye on Jim Byrne who has a habit of finishing the season strongly as he chases a fifth consecutive Ipswich Premiership.
Back to eight races
AFTER the rain last week resulted in a 10 race card at Ipswich last week, Wednesday’s meeting this week is back to the normal eight race program.
The catch-up was made with extended cards last week.
On Saturday there was a huge 11 race card at Doomben and that was followed by a 10 race card at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday. There was also an eight race card at the Sunshine Coast on Friday night.
Waller’s win here
WHILE all the talk was around Winx’s freakish win in the Chipping Norton on Saturday, it was not missed that trainer Chris Waller collected another Ipswich win last Wednesday with Balearic.
This galloper gave Jim Byrne his 16th and Waller his sixth winner at Ipswich during the current season as his satellite Gold Coast base continues to succeed.
It was somewhat of a lower class of horse than star stable galloper Winx met at Randwick in the Chipping Norton Stakes. However all wins matter to the strongest current stable in Australia.
It was another breathtakingly easy win for Winx as she made it 23 straight.
While Winx has three more wins to break Black Caviar’s Australian record of consecutive wins, one record she broke in collecting her third Chipping Norton was the Australian record of Group 1 wins which Winx now holds.
Winx’s 16th Group 1 win eclipsed the number held by Black Caviar and also took Winx to career earnings of just under $16 million.
IPSWICH raised Regan Bayliss was at it again last week winning the Group 3 Launceston Cup aboard Bondeiger, continuing his good recent Group winning record, which included the Group 1 Lightning Stakes with Redkirk Warrior.
However, it did not all go his way in the Group 1 Australian Guineas, won by Grunt, at Flemington on Saturday.
After sharply ducking in aboard Main Stage in the straight, stewards suspended the young hoop for 25 meetings for causing severe interference.
The midst of the Autumn Carnival is not the best time to incur such a suspension, potentially missing such rides as Redkirk Warrior in the Newmarket Handicap this weekend.
Other Group 1 races this week are the Australian Cup at Flemington and the Canterbury Stakes and Randwick Guineas at Randwick.
Wednesday is the first of three meetings in March – Wednesday 7th, Thursday 23rd, and Wednesday 28th. There are also only three meetings programmed for April before six in May and three in June including the Ipswich Cup on June 16.