Meeting In Review – Monday 6 May 2024

Meeting In Review – Monday 6 May 2024 New

Date: 07-May-2024

Punters got the best of the bookies at Monday’s Seven Family Race Day with six of the seven races won by the favourite.

The Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted-trained Encrypted Excellence set the tone for things to come when winning the opening race, the Seven Family Raceday QTIS Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate as a $1.20 chance.

With wet weather causing issues with her preparation, a drop back to 800m worked a charm for the daughter of Encryption.

Under Emily Lang, who is sitting second in this year’s Ipswich Jockey Premiership, the filly went forward from the wide gate to settle at the girth of Find Your Own before driving late to win narrowly.

Autumn Miss broke her maiden status in the Schweppes Maiden Plate over 1666m.

The Annabel Neasham-trained three-year-old filly was taken straight to the front by Damien Thornton before kicking strongly in the straight to win comfortably by 2.23 lengths.

It was just the daughter of The Autumn Sun’s third start, so more wins look in store for her.

Walsh Bay (pictured) kept her unbeaten record intact when she took out the River 94.9FM QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap.

The Chris Munce-trained filly won on debut here recently and was even more impressive in her second race start as she stepped up to 1350m.

After jumping out best, Justin Huxtable elected to take a sit just behind the leading trio before presenting her in the straight where she let down beautifully to win by 1.7 lengths.

Shezadandi appreciated the drop in class to win the Imperial Racing Benchmark Handicap over the Ipswich Cup distance of 2150m.

Kyle Wilson-Taylor was bullish about the Jason Patton-trained mare’s chances, and he was proven right, with the six-year-old proving too tough in the closing stages to win by a half-length.

Xpresso won over 1100m at Ipswich three starts ago and returned on Wednesday to repeat the dose in the TAB Class 6 Handicap.

The David Vandyke-trained son of Xtravagant was always in control of the race despite Dashing Gee Gee giving a good kick in the straight, but class prevailed with Xpresso driving clear late to win by just under a length.

Champion trainer Chris Waller has had plenty of success relocating his horses from his southern stables and bringing them north to Queensland.

That was the case with Dulcet in the Seven News Benchmark 62 Handicap over a mile.

The three-year-old gelding enjoyed racing against easier opposition and never looked like losing, dashing clear to win by a half-length.

The win was Jimmy Orman’s 19th for the season at Ipswich and kept his lead in this year’s premiership at two wins.

The final event of the day saw the only non-favourite across the seven-race program to win.

However, bookmakers would not have got excited given it was Russian Sub who saluted and been smashed in betting from $7.50 to $3.70.

The Harry Richardson-trained gelding flew out of the barriers, but Boris Thornton elected to let Captain Artie lead and settle in second.

Thornton hit the go button at the top of the straight at which point it was all over, with the son of Russian Revolution charging to the line to land plenty of bets.

The racing action is coming thick and fast at Ipswich in May and we’re back again on Saturday the 11th.

By Craig Sheppard

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