Sugar Hit gets top jockey fired up
IPSWICH premier jockey Jim Byrne was at it again on Friday collecting four wins – more than half the card at the Ipswich track.
Byrne won the Ipswich Premiership last season with 31 winners, just managing to overtake Tegan Harrison on the last day of racing at Bundamba for that season.
His four latest wins moved Byrne to 26 season successes, with almost seven months of the season completed.
Amazingly, Byrne only had the four rides on Friday to give a 100% return. That highlighted the slashing form he is in.
Robbie Fradd is second on the Premiership table after collecting his 17th win of the season aboard the Gary Stephens trained Massive Attack on Friday.
However it would be a brave person to wager against Byrne collecting his eighth senior Ipswich Premiership to go along with his three Apprentice Premierships of a few decades ago.
Byrne’s winners on Friday were Liam Birchley’s Sugar Hit, Marcus Wilson’s Geometrist, and Tony Gollan’s pair of Red Handle and Jest Excel.
TONY Gollan’s two winners moved him to 16 season wins as he aims for a third straight trainer’s premiership at Ipswich.
In the Winner’s Lounge after the first of Gollan’s winners, the former Toowoomba boy explained that he had returned from Sydney where he found it difficult to break through in the highly competitive environment of the city.
Gollan also explained that after doing it tough for several years at Eagle Farm during works there, that the end is now in sight as the new training centre at that track is taking shape.
Gollan has ventured interstate with success in Melbourne particularly from gallopers such as Temple of Boom, Spirit of Boom and Hijack Hussy. The attempt to set up a permanent base in Sydney while continuing his Brisbane operation was always going to be difficult and so it turned out.
Gollan was happy to put the attempt down to experience while not ruling out another such attempt in southern states in future.
Terravista on top
SYDNEY sprinter Terravista showed he has not lost his zest for racing with a strong first up win in the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. In the process, Terravista defeated the somewhat unlucky Spieth, who is now favourite for the Newmarket Handicap.
Terravista is a rising eight-year old. He collected the second Group 1 victory of his career adding to the win in the 2014 Darley Classic at Flemington.
Terravista’s career earnings are now $2.5m.
This week Melbourne Group 1 racing is back to Caulfield for a wide open two-year-old Blue Diamond Stakes, the sprinter’s Oakleigh Plate, and the 1400 metre Futurity Stakes at Weight for Age.
In Sydney, the first Sydney Autumn Group 1 race the Chipping Norton is contested this week at Randwick where the Autumn carnival comes to a close on April 15.
Ipswich racing for February is completed on Thursday before moving onto March racing, which has three Fridays and a Thursday program.