Rare double for Stewart
BRISBANE-based jockey Brad Stewart collected a rare winning double at Ipswich.
Enterprise Moss was the first of the Stewart double before Shotacross the Bow won for him in the final race of the day on last week’s large nine race card.
The two winners were trained by Brisbane trainers Michael Lakey and David Murphy respectively.
On a day when more than half the card of races were won by favourites, neither of the Brad Stewart wins were favoured runners. This was especially so with Enterprise Moss which started at $9.30.
The roughest winner in the betting on Wednesday was the Mick Mair trained Treasure Gallery, which won with Tegan Harrison aboard at $15.50.
Another jockey to collect a winning double was Jeff Lloyd, who was successful aboard Locus and I’ve Gotta Nel. The winning pair gave a training winning double to Gold Coast based Toby Edmonds.
The Edmonds/Lloyd team just missed out on a winning treble as Winter Bride finished a close second later in the day.
The double for Lloyd moved the current Queensland Premier Jockey to 10 season Ipswich wins – one ahead of Robbie Fradd with a further win back to Jim Byrne in third on eight.
Another trainer to collect a winning double was the Toowoomba-based Ben Currie, who is in great form.
Currie collected wins with Hang and Amanaat who were both top weights although Currie made good use of apprentice claims.
Emma Ljung reduced Hang’s weight by two kilograms and Michael Murphy reduced Amanaat’s by three.
IT was a scary time for all concerned after the first race at Ipswich last Wednesday.
The winner Aristocat weighed in as normal and the trainer Stuart Kendrick from the Sunshine Coast went into the winner’s lounge as normal, while Aristocat went for swabbing as normal.
The abnormal part was that Aristocat took exception to the swab procedures, broke free and managed to find his way through three gates on to TL Cooney Avenue.
After galloping around the streets of Booval including a brief foray onto Brisbane Road, Aristocat was recaptured unharmed.
Aristocat was brought back to the track to complete the swab procedure, which went without incident.
Stewards later confirmed there was no fault of the Ipswich Turf Club.
IT was not as dominant as we have become accustomed to. However, Winx proved herself again making it consecutive win number 22, consecutive Cox Plate number 3, and firming as the favourite of her many fans across the world.
She surely will be judged world champion racehorse after her incredible season.
Humidor got within a neck of Winx and looked a real chance at the 100 metre mark leaving many wondering if Winx was below her best.
However, a quick scan of the race time confirmed a new track record resulting in the outstanding run of Humidor promoting him to new Melbourne Cup favouritism in some markets.
THE only remaining Group 1 races of the Melbourne Spring are all to be contested at Flemington over the next week.
Derby Day on Saturday combines with Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, Oaks Day on Thursday, and Stakes Day on Saturday in a massive week of top class international racing.
Wagering providers are struggling to find a favourite for the Derby after the Oaks favourite Aloisia outshone the boys on Saturday. One interesting runner is Sully from the Busuttin/Young stable.
Sully was a fast closing third in the Randwick Spring Champion a month ago and the stable is going straight to the Derby a month later without another run. Over the weekend Sully firmed from double figures into $7 for the Derby without racing.
In the Melbourne Cup, Red Cardinal is another who has been firming in the betting without racing. Red Cardinal would have to break new ground as only Vintage Crop in 1993 has won the Melbourne Cup at his first run in Australia, from hundreds of visiting northern hemisphere gallopers.
This galloper, who is trained by Melbourne Cup winning German Andreas Wohler, has raced in Ireland, England, Germany, USA, and France.
The horse has won twice first up over staying distances giving a chance of bucking the trend.
Next Ipswich meeting
Weather permitting, Ipswich racing continues on Wednesday, prior to programs on Thursday, November 9 and Wednesdays, November 15 and 22.