Talented young apprentice worth watching
It was a day of seven individual trainers and jockeys winning at Ipswich’s latest meeting.
Perhaps the most notable of those winners was jockey Sally Sweeney aboard the Rex Lipp trained Dazzling Halo.
Apprentice Sweeney moved to South East Queensland a week ago from her NSW Riverina base where her master was her father Phil. It was for her father that Sally rode her first winner at her first ride two seasons ago in the Balranald Spring Cup in the Riverina.
It is kept in the family as Sally’s older sister Brook continues to ride at her current base in Victoria. At her only ride on the weekend, Brook was able to collect a win at Yarra Valley with Kilim.
Brook Sweeney has a career win to ride percentage of 12% and Sally is not far behind on 11%. However her first week in South East Queensland has given that percentage a boost.
Sally has ridden five winners from 11 starts since commencing her SEQ stint on February 18. As well as the Ipswich win, Sally has picked up wins at the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and a double at Toowoomba on Saturday night.
After creating such a large impression in just a week riding in the region, we should expect to see Sally Sweeney riding regularly and fielding many offers in the coming weeks.
Unusually, Jockey’s Premiership leader Jim Byrne was not in the winner’s list although Queensland’s top jockey at the moment was. Jeff Lloyd collected his 15th season winner at Ipswich aboard the Michael Lakey trained High Specs.
Former South African Lloyd is a Group 1 winner in multiple countries across the world but may never before have been in such sparkling form.
Other winners on Thursday were Bronte Babe for trainer Ben Hull and jockey Scott Galloway, Perfect Rain for Steve Tregea and Nozi Tomizawa, Hell of a Time for Marcus Wilson and Tegan Harrison, Generate for John Morrisey and Shannon Doyle, and Marabel for David Vandyke and Jim Orman.
Winx defies wet
IT was a huge day of Group 1 racing in the southern states on the weekend and the star was again the world’s best racehorse mare Winx, who collected her 15th consecutive win.
The Chris Waller trained freakish talent effortlessly won the only Sydney Group 1 race the Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick on a heavy 9 track after significant rain, despite a minor betting drift.
There were three Group 1 races at Caulfield on Saturday and the big winning stable was that of Hayes and Dabernig.
David and Ben Hayes, along with Tom Dabernig, collected two of the three major events in the Oakleigh Plate with Sheidel and the Blue Diamond Stakes with Catchy.
This couple were ridden by Brazilian Joao Moreira on a flying trip from Hong Kong and Craig Williams respectively.
Black Heart Bart was the final Group 1 winner in the Futurity Stakes for trainer Darren Weir and jockey Brad Rawiller.
This weekend Group 1 racing is the Australian Guineas at Flemington and the Randwick Guineas and Canterbury Stakes in Sydney.
Ipswich racing continues with three Fridays in March commencing this week.