Ipswich Cup Day star backs up in Brisbane success
SUNSHINE Coast based jockey Damian Browne only rides at Ipswich once a year. That is on Ipswich Cup Day.
It has been well documented how he collected the big double of Ipswich Cup and Eye Liner Stakes successes.
At the next metropolitan meeting at Eagle Farm last Saturday, Browne was able to finish the Queensland Racing Winter Carnival on a high as he collected the final Group 1 race of the season. This was aboard Miss Cover Girl in the Tattersalls Tiara after a brilliant ride on the upset winner.
Race favourite was the Group 1 winner Azkadellia.
This Melbourne-based mare put in a great effort for second place after coming from last on the turn.
However the winning move was made by jockey Browne as he took Miss Cover Girl to the outside at the newly refurbished Eagle Farm track, finishing on the outside rail and forcing the favourite to duck back to the inside near the line.
Miss Cover Girl is trained by Kelly Schweida who has had a high opinion of the galloper for a couple of years.
Schweida gave out a tip on a later galloper as he amazingly was not at Eagle Farm to see Miss Cover Girl collect the coveted group 1 title.
Instead he was more confident of collecting the Rockhampton Cup later in the day with Ruling Force.
He travelled to Rockhampton rather than stay with his Group 1 winner in Brisbane.
Those that took this tip were happy to see Ruling Force duly collect the Rockhampton Cup capping off a great day for the Schweida stable.
Teething problems at Eagle Farm track
THE state of the track at Eagle Farm was all the talk as jockeys progressively throughout the day took runners further and further to the outside of the course as the inside was declared a “no-go zone”.
The strongest example of this trend was the win by Miss Cover Girl on the outside rail.
Additionally no horse was steered in the inside 14 metres of the straight as jockeys took all measures possible to move away from the “gluey” section on the inside.
This was only the second meeting back at Eagle Farm after being down for two years through a redevelopment.
A summer of growing weather will be a great help to the track however it will be a good while until the surface is back in top shape.
It was a similar case with both recent refurbishments of Ipswich and Toowoomba, both of which had issues after refurbishments a couple of years ago.
Dunn continues top training form
MURWILLUMBAH trainer Matt Dunn collected another winning double at Ipswich on Friday as he moved to 20 season wins.
Dunn has been in terrific form of late collecting a dozen winners at Ipswich in the past couple of months. Last season’s premier Ipswich trainer Tony Gollan remains on 28 season wins to have a clear lead with one month of the season remaining.
Matt Dunn used the Ipswich double as a lead up to the Murwillumbah Cup at his home track on Sunday. Dunn collected the Cup quinella with Dream Speed who defeated stablemate Hollywood Barbie.
On the jockey front at Ipswich, Tegan Harrison remains one win ahead on 28 season wins with apprentice Jim Orman only one win behind with five Ipswich meetings remaining.
Jim Byrne moved to 24 wins aboard Robert Heathcote’s Fusina on Friday to stay within striking distance.
There are five Friday meetings at Ipswich in July commencing this week.