Smart tip to follow Bottarga
THREE-year-old gelding Bottarga was placed perfectly at the Ipswich race meeting on Friday to win the 800 metre scamper for that age group with added QTIS prizemoney.
Bottarga was heavily supported in the betting, starting at a restrictive quote of $1.30.
Bottarga is trained by Tony Sears on the Downs. The gelding was guided to an easy and impressive victory by Nozi Tomizawa.
This smart looking three-year-old should go on to much bigger things judging by the ease and quality of his win.
Sears is a regular visitor to Ipswich where he has enjoyed a good deal of success. However after the race Sears was in as bullish a mood as he has been seen at Ipswich about the future prospects of Bottarga.
Having been placed in QTIS added races on both occasions, firstly at Toowoomba and now Ipswich, the two victories have already resulted in $34,000 prizemoney for this promising galloper.
It’s a good bet that Tomizawa will be looking to retain the ride on this young galloper. Friday’s win gave him six season wins at Ipswich, which has Nozi in the top half dozen jockeys at Ipswich, five behind the leader.
The QTIS money is a large incentive for connections of young horses and an incentive that has been taken up by clever trainers in the past.
The best example of this approach was Robert Heathcote with the recently retired star sprinter Buffering.
By being well placed Buffering had collected around $500,000 after his first half dozen starts – mainly thanks to QTIS incentives.
One of those wins was at Ipswich in the Labour Day two-year-old in 2010, which resulted in $100,000 prize- money for that race alone – including the QTIS bonus.
FORMER South African jockey Robbie Fradd has moved to the top of the Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership for the current season after riding a winning double on Friday.
Fradd’s winners were aboard Sportstar Samuel, for trainer Stephen Jones, and Princess Charm for leading trainer Tony Gollan. Both of these winners were hot favourites on a day when most winners were strongly favoured in the betting.
Fradd was complimentary of the Ipswich racetrack at the end of the day saying how he enjoys visiting Bundamba and that it is somewhat of a favourite track for him.
AFTER a series of six race cards at Ipswich resulting from the multitudes of meetings around the Melbourne Cup Carnival combined with the huge 13 race Sunshine Coast card in recent weeks, there is a return to normality this week.
The Ipswich Turf Club has received in excess of 130 nominations for Friday’s meeting.
With heavy race day bookings in the lead up to Christmas, it is important for the club to maintain the full race cards to maximise wagering turnover and sponsorship benefits.
Ipswich racing continues on Friday over the next two weeks (November 25 and December 2) before a Wednesday meeting on December 7.
From December 16, there are four consecutive Friday meetings through the festive period prior to a rare Saturday meeting on January 14.