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Hard Evidence big race day was a winner

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017

Hard Evidence big race day was a winner

BEAUDESERT trainer Bob Mahon was thrilled to collect the quinella in the first race of a large and late finishing 10 race card at Ipswich last Wednesday.

The Bob Mahon-trained Hard Evidence (left) holds out Match Day to win the Hire A Building Maiden Handicap at the Ipswich racetrack. Image: Rob Williams

The Bob Mahon-trained Hard Evidence (left) holds out Match Day to win the Hire A Building Maiden Handicap at the Ipswich racetrack. Image: Rob Williams

Mahon only had two runners for the day, Hard Evidence and Match Day, both in the first race.

Although on the third and fourth lines of betting at $5 and $7 respectively, the pair secured the quinella.

This quinella meant that the great bulk of the $20,000 purse went back to Beaudesert and a great start to the day was made for three kilogram claiming apprentice jockeys who took out the trifecta.

Hard Evidence was guided to the win by Jackson Murphy and the second horse Match Day was under Hannah English’s control.

Third placing went to Zoe White aboard Rollover Nine for Murwillumbah trainer Neville Boyle.

It had been a long time coming for a win for five- year-old Hard Evidence.

Twelve previous career starts had yielded just one second placing. The $12,800 winner’s prize more than doubled the gelding’s career earnings.

Match Day will need to wait a little longer for his maiden win as the six-year-old collected his seventh placing from his 25th career start. This gelding’s prize money moved to $27,000 despite not having collected a win to date.

Spoils shared

WINNERS came from all points of southeast Queensland last Wednesday, including a double to premier trainer Tony Gollan, who is based at Eagle Farm.

Apprentice Zoe White rode Husson Boots for Gollan in the second race and Jim Byrne won aboard Plan Red for Gollan in the fifth race.

Gollan moved to 15 season wins while Byrne levelled up with leaders Rob Fradd and Jeff Lloyd on 13 wins each.

Rock on Destiny won the third race for Hendra trainer with Ron Stewart aboard.

Later in the ninth race of the day, Stewart collected a winning double aboard Bonsho for Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears. This gave Stewart 10 season wins at Ipswich to be fourth on the ladder.

In the fourth race, it was Oakey’s turn as Boiling won for trainer Dale Murray and jockey Rebecca Williams.

The winners then returned to Brisbane as Deagon trainer Steve O’Dea won with Really Reilly and Gold Coast jockey Paul Hammersley.

In the seventh race, it was the only Gold Coast trained winner as Cosmic View won for trainer Toby Edmonds and jockey Jim Orman.

Edmonds moved to clear second on the trainer’s list with eight wins.

Toowoomba trainer Brett Baker then collected a win with Wolf Tales under Nozi Tomizawa before the final race went to a northern location as Sunshine Coats trainer Gary Duncan won with Courageous Rock guided by inform jockey Matt McGillivray.

Twilight success

THE 10 races were a result of the previous week’s washout, which coincided with the first trial of twilight Wednesday race days.

On raw data, it appears that the twilight concept is a goer when reviewing the UBET race betting totals as shown on the website.

The early half of the card tallied to $135,000 and the latter half $319,000 with the last race run at just before 6pm. This shows that in excess of 70% of Wednes- day’s Tote betting occurred in the second half of the day, overall giving a healthy total.

The remaining wagering providers include corporate bookmakers at fixed price, interstate betting and international betting, all on Ipswich.

The tally of these other providers is generally around eight times the UBET Tote number, which means well in excess of $3m would have been wagered on the Ipswich meeting. These full numbers are however unavailable to the ITC yet.

Next meeting

Ipswich racing is on Friday and there are strong bookings for race day revellers in the lead-up to Christmas. Racing this week is followed by a meeting on Friday, December 22. After Christmas it is on to Wednesday the 27th to close out another year of racing at the historic Ipswich track.

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