Gollan in top position for another title
EAGLE Farm based trainer Tony Gollan is the current premier trainer at Ipswich after collecting his first title at the historic Bundamba racecourse last season.
The way he is going this season, there is every indication that there will be consecutive Ipswich training premierships going to the Gollan stable.
Last Wednesday at Ipswich, Gollan picked up the first two winners of the day in Bentles who was ridden by apprentice Allanah Fancourt, and Archytas with Jim Byne aboard.
Both winners were strongly fancied in the betting.
Gollan later explained that this was his best start to a season.
That is an ominous warning for fellow trainers given that Gollan amassed 26 winners across the last season at Ipswich alone and those wins helped him to become Queensland’s premier trainer.
It is with determination that Gollan declared his intention to remain on top and at just about the one third point of the current season, he now has twice the number of wins of his nearest rival who is the Murwillumbah based Matt Dunn.
Apprentices hit back
AFTER just one win by an apprentice rider in the previous week, the tables were turned on Wednesday as only one senior rider in Jim Byrne collected a win at Ipswich on Wednesday.
Allanah Fancourt moved to the top of the apprentice’s ladder for the current season as she rode her eighth winner aboard Bentles.
There was also a winning double to three kilogram claiming Matt McGillivray to move him to six season wins.
These wins were aboard Sanguine Red for trainer Robert Heathcote and Wigglesworth for Lawrie Mayfield-Smith.
Another apprentice winner was Cassie Schmidt aboard Rogali for Danny Bougoure.
There was a dramatic twist for this galloper as he cast a plate when moving onto the course proper for his preliminary prior to the race. Thankfully the strapper found the plate straight away, handed it to the nearby trainer who was close enough to the 1666 metre start to get to the farrier in time.
The re-shoing delayed the start a little however no one in the Bougoure camp seemd to mind.
The remaining two apprentice winners on the day were Emma Lyung on Taiyoshin for John Dann, and Sam Payne on Total Authority for Les Ross.
Famous family wins
THE win by Sam Payne in the last race of the day had patrons talking about the name of the famous Victorian racing family made more famous recently by his aunty Michelle who won the Melbourne Cup aboard Prince of Penzance.
Sam Payne is a two kilogram claiming apprentice who has been riding in South East Queensland for a couple of years.
He is the son of the departed jockey Brigid Payne who passed away seven years ago and was Michelle’s sister.
This young rider continues to show promise and chalk up winners as he makes his own way in the racing world with quite a famous racing name.
Buffering’s the best
AS forecast by Robert Heathcote last week, eight-year-old sprinter Buffering collected his sixth Group 1 title in the Winterbottom at Perth on Saturday.
Damian Browne again rode the gallant Queenslander perfectly.
Buffering is hot favourite to collect his fifth consecutive Queensland horse of the year title – just four months into the season.