Luck of Irish in rare Ipswich win
IT was the first meeting of a new season on Friday at the Ipswich Racecourse.
Ipswich premier trainer of the past two seasons has been Tony Gollan. He kicked off the new season in the best possible way winning the first race of the day with Madiba.
Throughout the race meeting, seven individual winning jockeys and trainers launched a new season.
One of those winning jockeys was apprentice Michael Murphy who won aboard Beaumaris for Deagon trainer Tim Hurley later in the day.
Murphy is not often seen riding at Ipswich and last year had a large number of apprentices ahead of him on the final ladder.
However Friday’s win at the first meeting of the season was the only junior jockey to win.
Murphy takes a clear early lead on the apprentice ladder.
Irishman Murphy is a two kilogram claiming apprentice who moved to Australia from Great Britain a couple of years ago.
He has ridden mostly for multiple Group 1 winning jockey turned trainer Chris Munce over the past season, and could not wish for a better mentor.
After Jim Byrne collected another Ipswich premiership last week he was absent on Friday.
Apart from Murphy, the remainder of jockeys to win at Ipswich on Friday were all senior jockeys, none of whom have previously collected an Ipswich senior premiership.
Former South African jockey Rob Fradd won on Tony Gollan’s Madiba. He collected three further placings throughout the balance of the meeting for the best riding return of the day.
Sunshine Coast based Jason Taylor won aboard Redmia for Rockhampton trainer Raymond West before Tegan Harrison got on the board in the third race for Toowoomba trainer Lindsay Hatch with Chelsea Star who collected her maiden win at her eighth start.
Brisbane based Ryan Wiggins won on Our Playdough for Toowoomba trainer Barry Reardon then it was Gold Coast jockey Dan Griffin aboard Galiano for Casino trainer Ian Savins.
Despite four prior unplaced starts at Ipswich for Galiano, he was a $4.20 favourite for the race in an open field.
The final winner of the day was an Irish bred galloper in Fastquest, who was ridden by Brad Pengelly for Eagle Farm trainer Barry Lockwood. That capped a day of winners visiting from as far away as Rockhampton and Casino in NSW.
Vale Colin McAlpine
AFTER the passing of number one Ipswich Turf Club member Dr Kevin Brennan on July 29, news came through that Colin McAlpine passed away late last week.
Colin had been in ill health for some time. He was the number three badge holder at the ITC.
The top three badge holders at the ITC have been unchanged for nine years.
The loss of two of these members with a combined continuous membership tally of almost 120 years has occurred just a week apart from each other.
Colin McAlpine was an influential racehorse breeder and owner through his family owned Eureka stud on the downs.
He will be long remembered for his contributions to thoroughbred horse breeding and racing.
FRIDAY racing at Ipswich continues throughout August and up to the first Friday of September, which is also the date of the ITC AGM. That is Friday, September 2.