Surprise winners at juicy odds in Ipswich
GOLD Coast trained Big Mama was one of a number of surprise winners at the latest Ipswich meeting.
A couple of favourites managed to salute as well on Friday’s program.
Big Mama had previously raced six times without placing so was sent out at $20 in the Maiden race, the second for the day.
Trained and ridden by Gold Coast duo Ruth Cooper and Michael Hellyer, Big Mama surprised many by getting home for her maiden win at the good odds.
Another long-priced winner in the first leg of the quadrella was Sanjay, trained by Kent Fleming and ridden by Matt Palmer. That completed a Gold Coast blowout double winning at $23.
Sanjay had a similar record to Big Mama of five unplaced runs prior to the surprising win on Friday.
Sanjay’s win helped the quadrella to pay a decent dividend of $1669 for a $1 outlay.
Whilst not as big a surprise as the win of Big Mama, Deagon trained All Natural kicked off the day with a $10 win despite having won at Ipswich two starts ago.
After five starts, the five-year-old trained by Darren Bell and ridden by apprentice Tiffany Brooker, has two Ipswich wins alongside three unplaced career runs
AFTER a rough start to the day for punters, Ipswich premier trainer Tony Gollan scored a double of wins with race betting favourites to double his current season tally.
After three meetings of the new season, Gollan has four wins at Ipswich courtesy of the wins of Another Slipper ($3.30) and Majella Magic ($1.60) on Friday. These gallopers were ridden by Jackson Morris and Tegan Harrison respectively.
Gollan, who has won the past two Ipswich Trainer’s Premierships quite easily, was awarded with the Queensland Premier Trainer of the season at the Racing Queensland Awards on Saturday night.
Other awards went to Jim Orman as Queensland Apprentice of the year, Jeff Lloyd (Queensland Jockey of the year), and Buffering, the Champion Queensland Horse of the Year for the fifth time in succession.
AUSTRALIA’S champion racehorse Winx returned to the track on Saturday easily winning the Group 2 Warwick Stakes at Randwick in scintillating time for a 10th consecutive win.
The scary part was that Winx appears to have come back better than ever with jockey Hugh Bowman in awe. He said that Winx had never been as quick under him as on Saturday.
That sounds an ominous warning for opponents of Winx as she aims towards a second consecutive Cox Plate on October 22 to complete her preparation for the Spring.
Spring Group 1 racing kicks off this week with the running of the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.
This carnival runs through until November 5 on the last day of the Flemington Melbourne Cup week.
Only the weekend of September 3 does not have a Group 1 race in Sydney or Melbourne across this period of spectacular top level racing.
THERE are two more Friday race dates this week and on September 2 at Ipswich prior to a rest from racing for a fortnight.