Ipswich track specialists to the fore
FIVE-year-old mare Alkippe won the Class 1 race at Ipswich on Friday for trainer Tina Cotsiopolous and jockey Andrew Spinks for her second win at the Bundamba track.
Alkippe has only won twice from 12 career starts. Both wins have been at Ipswich.
After running near to last in her past two starts including a trip to Mackay, Alkippe was unwanted in the betting starting at $22 for a surprise win.
Other winners on Friday are becoming Ipswich track specialists in their own right including Shudaputaringonit and Pegapus.
Shudaputaringonit collected her second career win from nine starts for the Healy stable and jockey Josh Oliver, with her previous win being at Ipswich as well.
Pegapus made it a win and a second at Ipswich from two starts there for trainer Scott Morrisey and jockey Larry Cassidy.
THE Ipswich based Brian Costello stable collected the latest of a long line of Ips- wich winners when Lady Micaela won the last on Friday.
It was the four-year-old mare’s third career win from 23 career starts and her second win at Ipswich.
Ric McMahon rode Lady Micaela as he has done in her recent starts. She was building up to a win with a fourth at the Gold Coast, third at the Gold Coast and second at Ipswich from her only three starts this preparation.
Lady Micaela has shown strong form and hopefully can go on with the job for the Costello camp.
JOCKEY Darren Gauci had his final ride in an emotional farewell at Caulfield on Saturday.
Perhaps the most popular jockey around over 35 years, Gauci rode 35 Group 1 winners, 2500 career wins and collected premiership wins.
Gauci made a name as a star apprentice more than three decades ago. He rode his final winner on Saturday aboard Goodwill in the second race of the day.
As with most jockeys, Gauci had a number of falls and incidents over the years, to go with his highs and important wins.
As well as being a champion rider, Gauci was known to many as a champion bloke. As veteran racecaller Bryan Martin noted: Gauci is “probably the most universally loved racing person ever”.
It was a pleasure to be present at Caulfield on Saturday to witness a great day of racing and an even greater moment in the sport.
The moving presentation to the legendary Gauci featuring his family and fellow jockeys helped create another unforgettable moment and showcased much of what is great within the sport.
This was topped off by racecaller Greg Miles saying: “Thanks for the memories Gauch – you’re a legend.”
February racing at Ipswich commences on Thursday for the annual thanks to Member’s Day. That meeting is followed by Friday, February 17, and Thursday, February 23, before moving onto three Fridays and a Thursday of racing in March.