Jockeys enjoy double success at Bundamba
TWO male jockeys completed winning doubles in strong fields across the seven race card at Ipswich on Friday.
Robbie Fradd, Jeff Lloyd, Micheal Hellyer, Brad Stewart and Matt McGillivray were winners.
Stewart and McGillivray enjoyed two successes each.
Stewart moved to 10 season winners at Ipswich with victories aboard Scandals for Gatton trainer Caroline Allardyce and Brocson for Deagon’s Michael Lakey.
This pair were at relatively long odds and an all up on both would have returned $200 for $1.
Brocson has collected two of his three career wins at Ipswich after 29 race starts.
The prizemoney earned by this five year old moved over $50,000 with the latest win.
Scandals won the first race of the day over the 2150 metres of the Ipswich Cup distance in a maiden race.
The thrilled winning connections later explained that this fellow was orphaned at two weeks of age making it special that he has made it to the racetrack and collected a win.
Apprentice McGillivray collected another two winners at Ipswich with Snow Fields for Eagle Farm trainer Chris Munce and Panch Kalyan for Gold Coast trainer Kelly Doughty.
This pair were also at decent odds if you fancied McGillivray rides paying an all up of $50 for $1.
Chris Munce moved to third on the Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership with his 10th winner for the season.
Munce is nine short of runaway leader Tony Gollan, who won on Friday with Of the Day ridden by Robbie Fradd.
That 27th season win moved Fradd to within three of jockey’s ladder leader Jim Byrne with just two meetings remaining to finish the season.
Spring boost for families
THE racing calendar at Ipswich has been altered up to the end of November with a promise of further changes to come depending on the outcome of the Eagle Farm investigation.
Results of the Eagle Farm analysis are due soon and it is expected that there will no racing there until early 2018.
The program changes interrupt hospitality arrangements at Ipswich with a number of function race days being altered.
However, it does mean that there is better class racing with additions of a number of Metropolitan meetings.
The most important of these is a Saturday meeting on September 23.
It is a full Metropolitan meeting with in excess of $570,000 prize money, in the midst of school holidays, and in the middle of the break between winter and summer sports.
This is by far Ipswich’s strongest race meeting apart from Cup Day.
It will be conducted as a family meeting including the revival of the Ipswich Spring Cup – an open race for $60,000 as was regularly run a few decades ago at Bundamba.
Already a couple of parties have booked for this day and patrons should contact the club for hospitality and partnership options still available.
Ipswich racing continues on Friday before a Wednesday meeting next week to complete the season.