Ipswich racetrack ‘number one’
THE handicapper got it right early at Ipswich on Friday as the number one saddlecloth saluted in three of the first four races.
The first winner of the day was Buccieri for trainer Steele Ryan and jockey David Chipman.
This race was over the 800 metre scamper and Buccieri was one of five first starters in the race.
Connections of this galloper have needed to be patient as he is a rising five-year-old who must have had some problems to start racing now.
After this initial success there should be more in the near future all going well.
Although it was a set weight plate race in the second meaning the handicapper could claim no credit for the result, the number one saddlecloth was again in the winner’s stall.
Alassak won for apprentice Chris Dell and trainer David Murphy and was another first starter in this two year 1100 metre sprint.
There are many two year olds looking to race at the moment in South East Queensland, which is a good sign.
This race at Ipswich received a large number of nominations requiring the race to be split into two divisions, hence the large card of nine races on Friday.
It was a welcome return to Friday for the club with a Cancer Council fundraising function.
More than double the average on-course turnover, and a larger attendance overall confirming the appeal of a Friday raceday.
Former premiers in day out
A NUMBER of former Ipswich premier trainers and jockeys were on the winner’s list at Friday’s race meeting.
The first was Tony Gollan with Tiyatrolani in the second division of the two year old maiden. This galloper was the third first starter to win in the first three races of the day.
In the process, it moved Gollan to 27 season winners – one more than his tally of last year which easily won him his first Ipswich Premiership.
Tiyatrolani is a filly, ridden by Tegan Harrison.
Harrison moved two wins clear of Jim Orman at the top of the jockey’s ladder with just over a quarter of the season remaining in her bid to become the first female to win an Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership.
There were three more former Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership winners to salute during the day.
Bryan Guy won the fifth race with Feeling Positive ridden by Paul Hammersley, Matthew Dunn the next with Explosive One ridden by Glen Colless, and Robert Heathcote with Catenaccio ridden by Michael Cahill.
Each of these two jockeys Colless and Cahill are former Ipswich Premiers with Colless being most successful having won four titles in the past.
ITC hows its meeting flexibility
AS the Queensland Winter Carnival kicked off on Saturday for the running of the Weetwood Handicap, Ipswich is playing its part as a flexible club racing on various days of the week.
This week, it is back to Wednesday racing followed by the Labour Day meeting on Monday, May 2.
The following week is a Saturday meeting for the Eddies/Legs Day on May 7.
That precedes a Friday meeting on May 13 for a hospice fundraising function, before the 150 year Anniversary Ipswich Cup on June 18.
The Labour Day meeting commences a mini-carnival for Ipswich racing.
That is looming large with another free family day on the first Monday in May timeslot.
There should again be a couple of thousand youngsters making the most of free entry, an expanded free fairground, and other free entertainment including a farmyard animal nursery.