Ipswich best for galloper
FIVE-year-old gelding Red Cent won for the fourth time at Ipswich last Wednesday, at his fourth start at the historic racecourse.
It was the galloper’s fifth career win from 20 starts showing an affinity for the Bundamba circuit.
This means that in 16 career starts away from Ipswich, Red Cent has delivered one win and four placings while maintaining a 100 per cent record of four wins at Ipswich.
The galloper’s past two starts were unplaced efforts at the Gold Coast and Doomben.
Prior to that, he had consecutive wins at Ipswich.
Last Wednesday, it was back to Ipswich and back to winning for the Liam Birchley trained galloper who has now amassed in excess of $68,000 in career prize money.
Red Cent was ridden by Jim Orman and completed a double for the Orman/Birchley partnership after Trainer’s Pocket had been successful earlier in the day.
Eagle Farm based Liam Birchley was afterwards in the winner’s lounge praising the Ipswich track.
The surface is racing quite well although there are lingering issues resultant of the 2014 refurbishment which altered the structure of the track sub-surface.
In the current season, the track management has been made easier with better spacing of the meetings at Ipswich despite still racing 50 times for the season.
This is, importantly, with no restrictions imposed on Ipswich grounds staff in relation to rail movements.
The result is a track which still has issues.
However there is better management of those issues compared to the previous season.
One galloper that is happy with the current racing surface at Ipswich is Birchley’s Red Cent.
AT the one third mark of the current season, the jockey’s premiership race is hot while the trainer’s ladder looks to be going the same way as last year.
Tony Gollan’s Shipwrecked won on Wednesday to give the Gollan camp their 11th winner for the season. This margin of six over Matt Dunn and Kelso Wood after four months would put Gollan at long odds on to complete consecutive premiership wins at Ipswich following his breakthrough win last year.
The win of Shipwrecked also propelled jockey Tegan Harrison to the top of the Jockey’s Premiership at Ipswich with 11 – the same number as Gollan.
Harrison is one win ahead of Jeff Lloyd with another win back to leading apprentice Jim Orman on nine season wins following his double on Wednesday.
Riding honours split
IT was four wins apiece for each of senior and apprentice riders on Wednesday at Ipswich. Along with Jim Orman’s double, Tiffany Brooker won aboard All Natural for Deagon trainer Darren Bell and Jodi Worley was aboard Hide the Moon for Glen Innes trainer Paddy Cunningham.
Apart from Tegan Harrison’s premiership leading win, Glen Colless won aboard Steal a Diamond for Gold Coast trainer Fred Adams, Robbie Fradd aboard One More Magic for Gold Coast trainer Kim Craft, and Paul Hammersley won on Dame Destiny for Toowoomba based Ben Ahrens.
WEATHER permitting, there are five race meetings remaining to round out another successful calendar year of racing at Ipswich.
These meetings are tomorrow and next Wednesday, Saturday December 19, Christmas Eve, and Wednesday, December 30.
The Saturday meeting is a good opportunity for Ipswich racegoers to enjoy a weekend meeting.
With all lounges sold out as well as the Handmade Expo Markets and children’s entertainment being conducted, a large attendance is expected for that day.