Ipswich home track delight
IPSWICH trainer Malcolm Reynolds claimed a rare win on his home track with two-year-old gelding Our Kingsman.
Outsider Our Kingsman won comfortably last Wednesday after showing promise first time out at the races two weeks ago with a fourth placing at Ipswich.
Despite that good first-up run, Our Kingsman was at remarkably long odds of $101, on fixed odds with Ubet. The gelding paid a juicy $96 on the tote.
Ridden by Beau Appo at his only ride for the day, Our Kingsman did it tough from barrier 11 travelling wide until finally finding the fence 500 metres from home.
Most expected the roughie to fold from there. However Our Kingsman just kept kicking under Appo down the straight.
Connections were understandably thrilled with the win especially having placed a wager at the extremely long odds.
While it was not the first win at the races for the owners, it was the first victory by a galloper that had been bred by those connections.
Additionally, it meant there would be a photo of the winning Our Kingsman to place on the mantelpiece alongside a prized photo from two and a half years ago of the connection’s daughter, with a six hour old foal (later to be named Our Kingsman) with his head laying in her lap.
The emotional connections of Our Kingsman gave a great example of the thrill that can be had from thoroughbred horse racing.
IN the first metropolitan Wednesday meeting for the year at Ipswich, there were big fields each carrying $20,000 in prize money.
The winner’s spoils were shared evenly with only Michael Cahill amongst jockeys or trainers able to record two wins.
Cahill’s winners were aboard Sicario, for Natalie McCall, and the impressive Invincible Express, who drew wide and raced wide before toughing it out for a strong win.
Trainer David Vandyke has targeted the Gai Waterhouse for fillies and mares on Ipswich Cup Day given Invincible Express’s two from two wins at Ipswich, and now five consecutive wins.
Vandyke has an impressive strike rate at Ipswich this season having collected seven winners from 14 starters. That came on the back of his first Metropolitan winners at Ipswich late in the season with Blackjack Bella and Maurus on Ipswich Cup day last year.
One can understand why Vandyke stated that he loves coming to Ipswich.
Another trainer with an impressive Ipswich strike rate is Michael Nolan, who again collected a win and a third from two starters last Wednesday.
Winners came from far and wide with connections keen to chase the elevated prizemoney at Ipswich.
Lismore-based Dan Bowen’s Greselin won, along with Natalie McCall (Sunshine Coast), Nolan (Toowoomba) with Happy Medium, and Liam Birchley (Brisbane) with Pinolino.
Free family program
MONDAY’S public holiday is the 11th running of the Labour Day meeting at the Ipswich Turf Club.
Along with the strong card of racing there is free admission, a free fairground, free animal farm, free fairy floss and face painting.
This day is proudly supported by the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division who have been the driving force behind this meeting for Ipswich families for the past 11 years.
Ipswich is back racing on Wednesday for a second consecutive metropolitan Wednesday meeting.
The following meeting is on Monday – the annual Labour Day program at the Ipswich Turf Club.