Gollan grabs double figures
TONY Gollan, the premier Ipswich trainer of the past two seasons is making great strides already for three in a row and was at it again on Friday.
Gollan collected a win with Valknut in the first race of the day to move his tally to 10 with this Thursday’s meeting left to complete two months of the current season.
You would not expect Gollan to maintain the rate of five winners a month across the season although it would be a brave person to bet against Gollan collecting a third consecutive Ipswich premiership.
Other recent Ipswich premier trainers to collect winners on Friday were Gillian Heinrich with the Jim Orman ridden Star of Pompeii and Bryan Guy with the Paul Hammersley ridden Watched. Both of these trainers now have combined licenses as Gillian Heinrich trains with Ben Rodgers and Bryan Guy trains with son Daniel.
Double for Nozi
TOOWOOMBA based jockey Nozi Tomizawa collected a double of wins at Ipswich last Friday to make it four for the season at Bundamba. Tomizawa’s two winners were from the Downs including the Oakey trained Benico’s Prince.
Peter Kings is the trainer of this five year old who has won twice and placed second once from four career starts at Ipswich. Kings and Tomizawa went close to a double on the day as Dubleo’s Lad was beaten into second placing in the fourth race of the day.
Tomizawa’s other winner on Friday was the Toowoomba trained Sweet Repeat. This four-year-old mare is trained by Ross Coveney and was kept solid in the betting after a last start second placing at Ipswich.
The dividend of $6.50 was the same as that for Benico’s Prince giving the Downs visitors decent winning odds in the last two races of the day.
THE Chris Waller trained Winx laid claims to being the world’s best turf galloper with a scintillating and record-breaking eight length win in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday. It was the 13th straight win for this superstar mare who has won over distances from 1100 metres to 2200 metres.
Last year this mighty mare smashed the Moonee Valley course record of Might and Power which had stood since 1998, and this year she won by the largest margin ever.
These two efforts were in the race billed as Australasia’s weight for age championship which generally the best horse wins. Winx has not only won these two past years, but broken time and winning margin records along the way as well.
Winx defeated Hartnell who despite being beaten eight lengths has firmed further as favourite for the Melbourne Cup. Third place-getter Yankee Rose is trained by Ipswich Cup winner David Vandyke and is now a hot favourite to win the VRC Oaks next week.
There is a chance that Winx will race in the Emirates Stakes over the new race distance of 2000 metres on the last day of the Flemington Carnival next week.
Before that there are four Group 1 races on Saturday including the VRC Derby, the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, and the VRC Oaks on Thursday.
The other Group 1 race last weekend was the Manikato Stakes in which surprise $50 winner Rebel Dane took the prize whilst the world’s top rated sprinter Chautauqua disappointed and has been sent out for a spell.
Ipswich racing is the next two Thursdays including VRC Oaks Day next week before reverting back to Fridays from November 11.