Gollan maintains Ipswich trainers premiership lead
TONY Gollan won the Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership last season and nearing the end of the first quarter for the current season he is maintaining a two win lead.
On Friday at Ipswich the Gollan stable collected the seventh win for the season as Ryan Wiggins steered home Annaman in the second race of the day.
Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn hit back in the next race with Royal Occasion, who is another showing himself to be an Ipswich track specialist.
The five-year-old collected his fourth win on Friday from his fourth run at Ipswich to maintain a 100 percent win ratio at the Bundamba course.
On other tracks Royal Occasion has had eleven starts for one win and a second.
Expect Gollan to continue racing at Ipswich as he did last year when most Metropolitan Wednesday meetings were transferred to Ipswich following the closure of Eagle Farm.
The enticement of the higher prize money for Metropolitan meetings has led to Gollan becoming the Ipswich Premier Trainer for the first time in his sparkling career.
It was announced last week that Eagle Farm is planned to return on June 4, 2016 for Queensland Oaks Day.
The result for Ipswich will be racing predominantly Wednesdays this season.
The January program was received last week and the result is that Ipswich does not have a Friday race meeting programmed until at least February next year.
Over the next few months Ipswich has two Saturday meetings on December 19 and January 9; two Thursday meetings on VRC Oaks Day (November 5) and Christmas Eve; with the balance of race meetings being Metropolitan Wednesdays.
The Wednesday meetings commence tomorrow so expect to see the top trainers and jockeys continuing to visit Ipswich over the balance of the season.
Buffering crowned again
AT THE Racing Queensland Thoroughbred Awards night last week, Robert Heathcote’s grand galloper Buffering was again named Queensland Horse of the Year.
It came a week after collecting his third Moir Stakes and a week prior to an attempt at the Group 1 Manikato Stakes this Friday night at Moonee Valley.
Buffering is fourth favourite behind Chautauqua, Srikandi, and Terravista; whilst exciting three-year-old Exosphere is still nominated but not expected to race.
A win on Friday night against the world’s best sprinters would have Buffering odds-on to collect another Queensland Horse of the Year award for the current season as the now eight-year-old seems to continue getting better with age.
Open Cox Plate Field
THE Weight for Age Championship of Australia will be determined this weekend as the Group 1 Cox Plate is contested.
Sydney gallopers Criterion and Winx are sharing favouritism with Irish raider Highland Reel.
The Irish galloper is from the same stable as last year’s winner Adelaide, who was possibly better performed at the same stage as Highland Reel is currently.
It is difficult to line up the overseas gallopers having their first run in Australia as it was on Saturday for the Caulfield Cup.
The winner Mongolian Khan looked a good thing from the domestic gallopers point of view as the form of visiting gallopers was hard to line up.
It turned out that Mongolian Khan – who was bred in Australia, is trained in New Zealand and Chinese owned – was far too good for the local gallopers, although a couple of the runs from visitors were strong pointers for the Melbourne Cup.
English galloper Trip to Paris put in a huge run for a half-length second, making up a number of lengths in the fastest run final 200m.
The two miles of Flemington will suit this galloper well and he has now firmed to second favourite for the Cup.
Japanese galloper Fame Game is favourite now after coming from last on the turn to finish a strong sixth and is another who will be better off at the longer distance and larger Flemington track.
Other gallopers racing first up in Australia were Snow Sky and Hokko Brave, who both performed well and helped to set up an intriguing lead up to the big race in two weeks, whilst the well performed Irish gallopers Bondi Beach and Kingfisher are still yet to be seen in Australia.
One thing is now for sure – there will not be a repeat of all riches going overseas as occurred last year as Admire Rakti (Japan) won the Caulfield Cup, Adelaide (Ireland) the Cox Plate and German galloper Protectionist the Melbourne Cup.