Ipswich track gives new Queenslander a top start
NEWLY based Queenslander David Vandyke collected another winner at Ipswich on Friday at a track which is quickly becoming his favourite in the sunshine state.
After collecting his first Queensland stakes winner with Maurus in the Ipswich Cup two weeks earlier, Vandyke returned with one runner last week – Double Dollars in the first race of the day.
Michael Cahill rode the three-year-old gelding to a clear victory for his first win in six starts, and first start in Queensland.
Double Dollars is owned by prominent racehorse owner Nick Moraitis who won the Caulfield/Melbourne Cup doubles with Might and Power in 1997, along with a Doomben Cup and Cox Plate in 1998.
Moraitis has continued with horse ownership over the past 20 years without being able to find another as freakishly talented as the great Might and Power was.
Ipswich Cup Day form a valuable guide
WHILE relaxing in the winner’s lounge on Friday after Double Dollars saluted, David Vandyke was excited about the prospects of Ipswich Cup winner Maurus in Saturday’s Caloundra Cup.
The good record over the years of Ipswich Cup winners in the Caloundra Cup two weeks later was discussed giving Vandyke more confidence for the listed race on the Sunshine Coast.
While it was a winner from Ipswich that collected the Caloundra Cup, it was however not Maurus.
Instead it was the Tony Gollan trained Amexed, the winner of the QT Provincial Cup at Ipswich who further improved to collect the Caloundra Cup at the weekend.
Amexed had not won for more than two years when a surprise winner on Ipswich Cup Day and made it two consecutive wins at Caloundra.
Jumbo Prince, who ran second in the Ipswich Cup, again was second past the post in the Caloundra Cup.
That continued the strong history of Ipswich Cup form leading into the Caloundra Cup.
Another winner from Ipswich Cup Day to also win on the weekend was Ninth Legion.
This galloper had also gone winless for almost two years prior to his Eyeliner Stakes win on Cup Day.
On Saturday Ninth Legion went on to win another listed race in the Civic Stakes at Rosehill.
Byrne continues late surge
WITH just four Ipswich race meetings remaining in the current season, six-time Ipswich jockey’s premiership winner Jim Byrne is again looking threatening.
A winning double for Byrne on Friday moved him to 26 season winners at Ipswich.
These winners were Meet George Jetson for trainer Robert Heathcote and Eight Below for Gillian Heinrich.
Both of these winning trainers are former Ipswich Premier trainers and Gillian Heinrich’s win two years ago was the first by a female at Ipswich in a century and a half of racing.
There is however little chance of catching Tony Gollan this season as he looks to go back-to-back following his initial Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership win last year.
Last Friday, Gollan collected his 29th winner of the current season Karakabeel to be eight wins ahead of Matt Dunn, another former Ipswich premier trainer.
It was no coincidence that Tegan Harrison also collected her 29th Ipswich win for the season aboard Karakabeel for Gollan as that trainer has supplied most of Harrison’s wins at Ipswich this season.
This was Harrison’s only ride for the day at Ipswich and took her two wins clear of apprentice Jim Orman with one off to the fast finishing Byrne.
It looks like another close finish to the rider’s premiership coming up over the next four weeks.
They are all Friday meetings at Ipswich as Harrison strives to become the first female Premier jockey at historic Ipswich.