Ipswich defies holiday trend
WHILE most provincial and metropolitan racetracks are doing all they can to cease with public holiday meetings, Labour Day at Ipswich continues to be a shining example of community involvement.
The generosity of the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division, combined with a bumper race card on the public holiday today, again ensured that thousands enjoyed themselves trackside.
It was hard not to enjoy as superb autumn weather combined with great racing and free entertainment for the family creating a relaxing and colourful day for all.
The large fields across nine races with the fences lined by youngsters brought back memories of long gone race days.
The racing was keen and Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida picked up an early win with Desirable Miss in the first, ridden by apprentice Tiffany Brooker.
Desirable Miss was one of six entrants from the Schweida stable in a show of strong support for the Ipswich Labour Day program.
The second race of the day was won by Witches Wit for Magic Millions winning trainer Toby Edmonds as the large crowd settled in for a great day at the races.
On a day when the honours were shared, regular Ipswich jockey Robbie Fradd guided topweight Last Sight to victory in the CFMEU Mining and Energy Cup over 2150m.
Top Sight, paying $7.20 the win, beat the Jim Byrne-ridden Really Sure, with Real Sting (Paul Hammersley) third.
Caroline leads female charge
IT was a rare occurrence but an indication of changes in racing over the past couple of decades as half of the eight race Metropolitan program at Ipswich last Wednesday were won by female trainers.
Caroline Allardyce, who is registered at Gatton yet often utilises the Ipswich training track, was successful with Amber Jewel.
Her son Jim Orman made it a family affair as he rode the four-year-old mare to her fourth win from just nine starts while moving her career prize money winnings over $47,000.
Earlier female winning trainers were Eagle Farm’s Kim Anderson with Rock On Destiny and the Gold Coast’s Paula Cartledge with Congelator.
Whilst Amber Jewel and Rock On Destiny were having their first start each at Ipswich, Congelator has raced twice around the Bundamba circuit for two wins – the only two wins of his racing career which totals 13 starts.
To top off the day for the female trainer, Doomben trainer Sherrie Lawlor won the last race with Crazy Pops. This gelding was another to collect a win at his first Ipswich start.
Crazy Pops was ridden by Luke Tarrant who was the Ipswich Cup winner aboard imported galloper Danchai in 2015 in record time.
Tarrant has had a time away from the saddle since that 2015 Cup win. However he appears back on track with some good results for the talented rider.
AFTER today’s successful Labour Day meeting at Ipswich, another weekend meeting is on at Ipswich. Saturday is the 11th running of the Legs and Eddies Day.
This meeting has again attracted large nominations totalling 142.
The Legs foot racing concept continues to be the only human footrace in Queensland on which bookmaker betting is allowed.
The day is enhanced by the festive Eddies function, which is the annual fundraiser for the St Edmund’s College Foundation.
Ipswich is racing again on Saturday, followed by four more May race meetings to total six for the month.