Gold Coast hoop makes most of rare visit to Bundamba
GOLD Coast jockey Dan Griffin had a rare Ipswich win on Friday with the Murwillumbah based Caillebotte, trained by Matt Dunn.
Dunn became the first interstate trainer to collect an Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership three years ago. Caillebotte was his seventh winner for the current season at Bundamba.
Two other former Ipswich premier trainers to collect a win on Friday were Gillian Heinrich (with French Charm ridden by Luke Dittman), and Robert Heathcote (with Real King who carried Jeff Lloyd).
Griffin is well known for his feats at the Gold Coast having claimed many premiership titles there over the past 15 years. He does not often ride at Ipswich. But of his three mounts on Friday, he collected a win and a second aboard Bryan Guy’s Asthecourtcommands.
Harrison in charge
PREMIERSHIP leading jockey Tegan Harrison extended her margin to two over apprentice Jim Orman when she collected her 24th win for the season at Ipswich aboard Bayview Emperor on Friday.
Harrison is trying hard to become the first female to win an Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership title. She has regularly collected wins during the first seven and a half months of the season.
It was nothing unusual to see Harrison in the winner’s stall aboard the Jeremy Sylvester trained galloper who has done the bulk of his racing in NSW from Sylvester’s Cessnock base.
What was unusual however was that Orman’s name was not on a placegetter, let alone riding a winner, from his five rides. This record comes after Orman had collected three consecutive winning trebles at the previous three Ipswich meetings to zoom up the ladder to 22 season wins.
All eyes will be on this unravelling competition to join the historic honours board of Ipswich premier jockey – a board which includes former Melbourne Cup winners, Mick Dittman, Glen Boss, Chris Munce, and Scott Seamer as well as six-time winner Jim Byrne.
ALTHOUGH just 5mm of rain fell early last Friday, that was enough to create a bit of havoc with the Ipswich racing surface.
It was tormenting for the grounds staff to watch as gallopers got into the surface with visible tearing up of clods of turf around the course proper. The track was rated soft on race day eve after 12mm of rain on Wednesday. However the showers on Friday morning resulted in a downgrading to a heavy rating.
Over the past two years, even a small amount of 5mm of rain on a raceday results in wet conditions due to the poor drainage capability of the course following the works in early 2014.