Spoils Split Between Masters and Apprentices
At the Ipswich meeting last week the spoils were split between senior and apprentice jockeys as of the eight races, four were won by each category.
The first apprentice to ride a winner was Brooke Stower aboard Don’tcryargentina in the third race of the day for trainer Phyllis Kalinowski from Toowoomba. Matt McGillivray followed up with a winning double in the next two races aboard the Tony Crane trained Affray and Robert Heathcote’s Akacheta Lee. The fourth apprentice win went to Luke Dittman in the final race aboard Yoho for Kelso Wood. Matt McGillivray was the premier apprentice last season at Ipswich although he has had somewhat of a slower start this year and sits behind fellow apprentices Alannah Fancourt, Jim Orman, and Luke Dittman on the current ladder.
Of the senior riders, current premiership ladder leader Jeff Lloyd claimed another double of wins to move to 10 season wins with one meeting tomorrow to mark the quarter point of the season. Former South African Group 1 winning jockey Lloyd won aboard Mock Me Not for trainer Pat Duff and Dame Destiny for Toowoomba’s Ben Currie.
Tegan Harrison moved into second placing on the ladder with a win aboard Helen Page’s Rowdy One and Ryan Wiggins won aboard Chillin With Dylan to give Ben Currie a winning double for the day.
Can Australian Runners Win Big Three Cups?
The scintillating win by Winx in the Cox Plate on Saturday at Moonee Valley has continued the great recent success for Sydney trainer Chris Waller. That run of success included the Ipswich Cup back in June which was won by Danchai – a European import in the Waller stable. The Cox Plate win has also raised questions over whether Australasian gallopers can for the first time in six years win each of the big three Cups. Not since 2009 when Viewed won the Caulfield Cup, So You Think the Cox Plate, and Shocking the Melbourne Cup, have Australasian bred gallopers collected the three.
Last year was a complete blowout for local gallopers as Admire Rakti (Japanese) won the Caulfield Cup, Adelaide (Irish) the Cox Plate, and Protectionist (German) the Melbourne Cup.
After Australian bred and New Zealand trained Mongolian Khan won the Caulfield Cup, and Winx broke the track record at Moonee Valley in her brilliant Cox Plate win, a strong local contingent will be lining up for the Melbourne Cup next Tuesday. Mongolian Khan, Preferment, Criterion, and Gust of Wind are the most favoured to keep the big prize at home. International runners include the Japanese favourite Fame Game, English trio Trip to Paris, Red Cadeaux and Snow Sky, French bred Max Dynamite, and the Irish pair Bondi Beach and Kingfisher.
Cox Plate Running Leads to Australia’s Biggest Week of Racing.
The Cox Plate has been run and won so now all eyes are on Flemington for the huge weeklong racing carnival of the year. Firstly is the Derby Day on Saturday where four Group 1 races are contested. These are the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Victorian Derby for three year olds, as well as the Mackinnon Stakes and Myer Classic over a mile for mares. This day is categorised as possibly the highest class race meeting across the World as apart from the four Group 1 races, there are five other Group races on this Super Saturday.
Whilst the Derby seems to lack the class of previous years, the Coolmore should feature exciting future champion Exosphere who races in the Godolphin royal blue colours. The Mackinnon Stakes has historically been a good guide to the Melbourne Cup though in recent import featured years it is contested more by domestic gallopers targeting that one race.
Following Derby Day is the race that stops a nation – the Melbourne Cup next Tuesday, then the Group 1 Oaks on Thursday and Stakes Day the final meeting of the Carnival on the following Saturday. On this final day there are two Group 1 races the VRC Sprint Classic and the Emirates Stakes.
For the first time in many years there is TAB racing at Ipswich coinciding with one of the Flemington Carnival meetings as Ipswich races on next Thursday next week. That Oaks Day meeting at Ipswich is followed by a series of Metropolitan Wednesday meetings up until late December when there is a Saturday meeting prior to Christmas. This Saturday meeting has received great interest as most lounges have been sold out with functions and the race meeting will coincide with the popular Handmade Expo markets.