How fast favourites set the standard in Ipswich
by Steve Harling and Trent Quinn
THE Metropolitan Wednesday meeting at Ipswich last Wednesday brought a higher class of horse with favourites winning in fast times.
Jomar’s Element took out the first race for former Ipswich Premier trainer Robert Heathcote, with Larry Cassidy on board. This was Cassidy’s first ride at Ipswich for more than 12 months although he has been back in the saddle at other tracks for the past month and a half.
It is difficult to understand why a top jockey like Cassidy cannot get rides at the moment. However, in his current form, they will surely be offered soon.
Jomar’s Element was Cassidy’s only ride for the day at Ipswich. The ease of the win in class record time showed that the former New Zealand jockey has lost nothing.
Being paired with Robert Heathcote brought back memories of this combination winning the Ipswich Cup in 2009 with Our Lukas as well as the two year old maiden plate win on Labour Day in 2010.
The beaming smile on Heathcote’s face as he photographed Cassidy in a post-race interview indicated that this jockey will be riding for this trainer again soon.
Ipswich Cup winning trainer David Vandyke’s Invincible Express broke another class record as it was first past the post in race two, ridden by Toowoomba jockey Ron Goltz.
These slick times further proved that since the works of early 2014, a week of warm dry weather at Bundamba creates a hard fast surface.
These fast times were despite receiving rain six days earlier and despite fully aerating the track just three weeks earlier.
Jim Orman did what no other jockey or trainer could do on the day and managed two winners – first on the favourite Pinolino in the third race.
Orman, last season’s Ipswich and Queensland Premier Apprentice Jockey, picked up his second winner along with another class record on Makeadane later in the day.
The joy of race horse ownership
THE best thing about racing in Australia is the chance to have a share in a race horse.
This wonderful pastime is not the sole domain of English royalty nor do you have to be a wealthy Arab Sheik.
In Australia, a bunch of mates can get together, pool their money and buy into this great game.
Who hasn’t dreamt of owning a stake in the next Makybe Diva, the next So You Think, or the next Black Caviar?
There is no greater feeling than going to the races, seeing your name in the race book, getting into the enclosure and listening to the trainer instruct the jockey pre-race. Then to sit back and cheer home the horse you have a stake in provides a huge buzz with family and friends.
Whether it be a big Saturday meeting at Eagle Farm, a black type race in Sydney, a country Cup or a mid-week maiden at Bundamba, the thrill never diminishes. If you have ever experienced the rush of backing a long price winner, multiply that feeling 10 fold and you can get close to imagining the thrill.
Especially at this time of year, the dream is even stronger. Who wouldn’t want to be in the enclosure at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day with an owner’s ticket swinging off your coat, listening to the trainer instruct your jockey as they about to hit the track before a Group 1 feature?
Super Saturday delivers
IT was a big weekend of Group racing with five Group Ones.
Friday night had the running of the Moir at Moonee Valley featuring Buffering. While it didn’t go to plan when they pushed up inside him early, it was a win to the handy three-year -old of Mick Price’s in Extreme Choice.
During Super Saturday at Royal Randwick, in The Flight Stakes, Global Glamour saluted to provide the Waterhouse and Bott team yet another Group 1 win over the famous Randwick mile.
In the Epsom, Hauraki stormed home late to get the win for the almighty Godolphin stable.
In the Metropolitan, Sir John Hawkwood saluted to give jockey Blake Spriggs his first Group 1 win.
It goes to show the extremes jockeys go to.
On Monday, Briggs rode a winner of a 1200m maiden at Cessnock, before five days later being on the biggest stage at Randwick on Epsom day.
Sunday at Flemington was the Turnbull Stakes, where all eyes were on Hartnell. He came out and brained them, adding to the intrigue of where to from here with the son of Authorized. Hopefully he will head to the Cox Plate in two weeks, where we will see potentially the race of the carnival over 2040m at WFA: Hartnell v Winx.
This weekend there are another five Group 1 races with the Spring Champion Stakes to complete the Sydney Carnival.
Caulfield hosts their Guineas and Thousand Guineas program.
Ipswich reverts back to Friday meetings for the next three weeks on October 7, 14, and 21, prior to Thursday meetings on October 27 and VRC Oaks Day on November 3.