Jockey’s terrific comeback at Ipswich
APPRENTICE jockey Matt McGillivray showed he had recovered well from a recent incident at Ipswich in recording a win aboard Jexerlent in Friday’s three-year-old maiden.
The gelding was having his ninth race start and won after a frustrating run of near misses placing four out of his eight previous starts.
Connections, including trainer Chris Munce, were well pleased with the win.
Munce has forged somewhat of an affiliation with the Ipswich racetrack.
Munce won two Ipswich Jockey’s Premierships either side of collecting wins in the big four races of Australia – the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate, and Golden Slipper.
When changing to training from riding three seasons ago, Munce’s first winner in his new occup- ation was at Ipswich – a track where his success continues.
McGillivray rode his latest winner at Ipswich a relatively short time after a parade enclosure fall at the same track. That nasty fall was a couple of months ago after his ride threw the head back when parading, collecting the young apprentice flush on the chin and knocking him out cold.
Matt was discharged from hospital that evening without serious injury. He was quick to get back on the horse as the old saying goes.
Fradd’s confident double
IT appears that former South African jockey Robbie Fradd received a significant boost in confidence following the story on he and fellow jockey Jeff Lloyd in the lead-up to the Ipswich Cup, written by QT sports editor David Lems.
The most successful jockey on Ipswich Cup Day last week was Robbie Fradd who rode a winning double that day.
Fradd was at it again on Friday with another winning double to give him 25 winners for the season at Ipswich.
Fradd joined fellow South African Lloyd on that number with the pair now sitting four wins behind multiple Ipswich Premiership winner Jim Byrne with five meetings of the season left.
Fradd’s winners on Friday were Rancho Montoya for Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick, and Liberty Island for the Gold Coast’s Bruce Hill.
Another notable winning jockey from Friday was Michael Cahill, who collected the first race aboard French Toast for trainer David Vandyke.
Cahill won the Ipswich Cup last week aboard Victorian galloper Self Sense and trainer David Vandyke won the Cup last year with imported galloper Maurus.
Eagle Farm impacts for ITC
THE final race on the Group 1 calendar in Queensland for the year was contested at Doomben on Saturday and the trifecta went to NSW trained gallopers.
Tycoon Tara, for the Snowden stable, managed to hold out the Bott and Waterhouse trained Prompt Response for the major prize. In Her Time showed her close second in the Stradbroke Handicap was no fluke finishing third for New- castle trainer Benjamin Smith.
The riders were all from southern states as well, including dual Melbourne Cup winning Kerrin McEvoy, Tommy Berry, and Josh Parr in that order.
The Queensland Racing Carnival comes to a close at the Caloundra Cup meeting on Saturday as the wash-up from the Eagle Farm track debacle continues to be investigated.
Highly respected former VRC CEO Dale Monteith has been appointed to analyse the state of the track at Eagle Farm with an aim of returning the course to its rightful position as Queensland’s premier racing venue. However, this process may take up to 12 months to complete, meaning that other Queensland tracks are required to assist in covering this further period of outage for Eagle Farm.
What this means for the Ipswich Turf Club is that the program for the new racing season which commences next week has already been altered as the changes up until the end of November have been confirmed.
There is some good news however in this altered program for Ipswich as a Metropolitan Saturday meeting on September 23 has been added along with replacement of several Friday and Thursday meetings with Metropolitan Wednesday slots.
Ipswich racing is on the next four Fridays – June 30, July 7, 14, and 21 before a Wednesday meeting on July 26.