Ipswich win leads to Millions for Le Chef
TWO-year-old gelding Le Chef won the Magic Millions for 2-year-olds on Saturday at the Gold Coast, and it was a win at Ipswich two weeks earlier that put the Exceed and Excel youngster on the path to becoming a millionaire.
Le Chef started a $14 chance for trainer Darryl Hansen on Saturday although prior to an Ipswich win on Christmas Eve, Le Chef was not in the final field chasing the $1.14M first prize for the Classic race.
It is history now that Le Chef collected his maiden win at Ipswich on Christmas Eve, then won at the Gold Coast the following week, on January 3 to confirm a position in the field, before stepping out again on for the big race on Saturday.
As on Christmas Eve at Ipswich, apprentice Luke Tarrant was aboard Le Chef to experience his biggest payday ever.
Young Tarrant is in scintillating form of late, having collected his first group winner on Rudy in the Villiers in Sydney in December, and leading the Ipswich Apprentice Jockey’s Premiership for the current season after collecting 10 wins to date.
This is the same number as champion jockey Chris Munce, who will not have the chance to add to his tally after sadly announcing his retirement from riding last week.
Le Chef trainer Darryl Hansen is based on the Sunshine Coast and had his biggest day in racing with the win.
Hansen looks to have understood the importance of the Ipswich win in the lead up to the Magic Millions as tomorrow he has another three runners accepted at the historic Bundamba track.
Hansen’s runners tomorrow are Astatus, Requirement, and Narsons Duke, all of whom have Luke Tarrant booked to ride.
The Ipswich meeting tomorrow has another big card with 99 acceptors across eight strong races.
ON SATURDAY Ipswich was the Queensland support meeting for the Magic Millions and a strong meeting was conducted.
There were nine races across the day and all jockeys noted the terrific state of the track.
After no racing since Christmas Eve, good rainfall over the festive season and big efforts from the ITC groundstaff using a number of track management techniques, the track was presented in excellent order to kick off the new year of racing.
Rugby League Ipswich supported the day at the races and despite being a time of the year when many residents are away from Ipswich on vacation, a larger attendance was on hand for the meeting than the corresponding meeting 10 years ago.
This is a great result at a time when most race clubs are reporting dwindling attendances.
The on course Tote turnover was in excess of $100,000 for the first time in a couple of years (apart from Ipswich Cup Day) indicating a good day of racing.
The sponsoring rugby league clubs lent jerseys for the barrier staff to wear for each race.
This initiative created quite a spectacle on Sky TV across Australia and the Clerk of the Course James Hepworth being attired in a referee’s jersey would surely be a first for a race club.
From a racing point of view, the spoils were evenly divided across jockeys and trainers except for popular Gold Coast based jockey Scott Galloway. Galloway collected a winning double aboard Bellariat for Ipswich Trainer Andrew Cowell and Vodnik for Bruce Hill from the Gold Coast to move to six season wins at Ipswich.
IN ORDER to cover for the outage of Eagle Farm, there were further race date changes for 2015 being made up until recently.
The racing dates at Ipswich have changed several times during the season and many previous schedules for the current season are now outdated.
Members are welcome to collect a current schedule of meetings from the club or to view latest meetings on the Racing Queensland website.
For the remainder of January: there is racing tomorrow, followed by Friday 23rd and Wednesday 28th, which is the annual Memorial Day. The Member’s Day follows that meeting on Wednesday, February 4.