Ipswich Cup winner up with the best
AFTER his first Ipswich Cup victory three weeks ago with Victorian trained Self Sense, jockey Michael Cahill continued his good run of form last Friday at Bundamba.
For the third consecutive meeting, former Ipswich Premier jockey Cahill collected another win with the Liam Birchley-trained Real Ganador. This was the three-year-old’s first start at Ipswich and first win from six career starts.
It was Cahill’s 13th winner for the season at Ipswich although he is a long way behind Premiership leader Jim Byrne with four meetings left.
Byrne rode his 30th winner at Ipswich this season aboard Good to be Great for Beaudesert trainer Darlene Duryea on Friday.
This win has Byrne five clear of the former South African jockeys Jeff Lloyd and Robbie Fradd.
GOOD to be Great’s win for Darlene Duryea was the first of a race-to-race treble for female trainers.
Good to be Great’s win was followed by High Degree for Toowoomba-based Rochelle Smith in race six.
Five-year-old High Degree had her first win at Ipswich after seven tries at the track.
In race seven, it was the turn of Gold Coast trainer Elizabeth Forrester to spend time at the winner’s stall with galloper Kick ‘n’ Tel.
The grey mare was the first of a winning quinella for greys as Glenturret grabbed second place to give a rare but flashy finishing photo for connections.
Glenturret is also trained by a female in Diane Murphy of Beaudesert.
To ensure total female domination in this race, the mare Kick ‘n’ Tel was guided home by female rider Laura Cheshire.
The last race of the day featured another female rider with apprentice Tiffany Brooker guiding home Light Shows for Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick.
This duo won the famed Eyeliner Stakes at Ipswich a few weeks ago on Cup Day with galloper Monsieur Gustave who followed up on the weekend with a win in the Sunshine Coast Glasshouse Handicap.
Ipswich upgrade plans
PROJECT Control Group meetings for the Infrastructure project at Ipswich commenced last week as further evidence that the long-awaited project is getting closer.
It appears that there will be staged progress commencing with the refurbishment and repair of the grandstand, Eyeliner Lounge, and Viewing Terrace commencing in the next few months.
The plan is to follow the initial works in November by a replacement of existing jockeys and steward’s rooms with a second level of 500 square metres housing a new Member’s Lounge and conference centre/wedding reception venue. The lower level will also include a new kitchen and public bar.
These items are initially planned for completion around May/June 2018. They would be followed by a new carpark replacing the old Beer Garden area and a new set of day stalls, each of which being planned for completion in the latter half of 2018.
The final portion of the infrastructure funding is for the installation of better drainage across the course proper. These works however cannot proceed until Queensland’s primary track Eagle Farm is back in action as Ipswich again has a major role to play whilst the Brisbane track is down.
Current forecasts are that Eagle Farm will be down until at least early 2018. It would follow that these Ipswich track works, which involve a period of four months off from racing, would need to wait until after the 2018 Ipswich Cup.
Ipswich racing is on the next three Fridays – July 7, 14 and 21 before a Wednesday meeting on July 26.