Gollan makes city second home
BRISBANE-based Tony Gollan has enjoyed a good run at Ipswich over the past year.
After last year winning the Ipswich Cup with Brave Ali, as well as the Eyeliner Stakes with Alma’s Fury, Gollan is having his best season at Ipswich.
He again expressed the importance to him of winning at Ipswich.
Gollan explained how he had always wanted to win the Eyeliner Stakes and Ipswich Cup while growing up watching his father Darryl race horses from their Toowoomba base.
After collecting that double in 2014, an Ipswich Premiership this season would cap off a great 12 months for the Group 1 winning trainer.
A treble of wins on Wednesday pushed Gollan four wins clear on the current season premiership ladder as he looks to claim another Ipswich prize.
Gollan’s winners on Wednesday were Annaman, Sheiswhatsheis, and Tornado Miss. The first two of these made it consecutive wins at Ipswich and Sheiswhatsheis has won her only two race starts – both at Ipswich.
Gai’s golden record
THE rain washed out Doomben and the Gold Coast on Saturday, however nothing was going to stop a magnificent day of racing at Rosehill in Sydney as five Group 1 races were contested.
The first of these was the Ranvet Stakes, which was brilliantly won by import Contributer.
Contributer staked a claim as the best galloper currently going around after previously winning the Chipping Norton and Appollo Stakes. This Irish-bred five-year-old entire has won four from five in Australia, all Group races including two at Group 1 level.
The next on Saturday was the Rosehill Guineas, in which New Zealander Volkstok’n’barrell just managed to defeat VRC Derby winner Preferment. This pair is challenging for favouritism for the Australian Derby in two weeks.
Another international to taste success was Japanese raider Real Impact, which led all the way in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes.
However the biggest story of the day at Rosehill was the win of Vancouver in the $3.5m Golden Slipper. Tommy Berry managed to get the colt home despite a wide draw and dedicated the win to his departed brother Nathan.
The win moved Gai Waterhouse to a record-equalling six Golden Slipper winners. To keep it in the family, Gai is level with her father, the legendary TJ Smith.
Gai also claimed the remaining Group 1 race the Galaxy with Sweet Idea, who boosted her stud value with her maiden Group 1 win.
This weekend there are three Group 1 races across Australia – the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday is the last for the season in Melbourne, and the BMW and Storm Queen Stakes at Rosehill are contested on Saturday.
After this weekend racing switches to Randwick for the Championships on April 4 and 11, each day of which features four Group 1 events.
Ipswich Track being tested
THE tough racing schedule at Ipswich, combined with extreme weather of the past couple of months, has taken a toll on the Bundamba course proper in recent weeks.
In particular, an area on the home turn where horses are pushing into the straight has deteriorated badly in recent times.
With a tough schedule leading into the Ipswich Cup on June 13, the decision was taken to returf the troublesome area immediately to ensure adequate grass cover is in place to get through the remainder of autumn and the winter.
Additionally, rail movements will be used to ensure this area has a couple of weeks to take hold.