Tegan in winning seat to create female first
THE bid by Tegan Harrison to become the first female to win an Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership received a further boost when she saluted aboard Le Dude for trainer Graeme Boyd.
Le Dude was a long odds-on favourite at last Friday’s Ipswich meeting.
The win pushed Harrison clear by three wins over apprentice Jim Orman with two and a half months of the season remaining.
After Gillian Heinrich became the first female to win the Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership two seasons ago, Harrison won the Ipswich Cup on Brave Ali to become the first female rider to clinch the Ipswich Cup.
As Gai Waterhouse has won two Ipswich Cups previously with Beachside in 1993 and Bianca in 2008, the last title at Ipswich for the females to conquer is the Jockey’s premiership.
With 27 season wins, Harrison has a tally that would have won premier- ships in recent times.
However she has two threats.
Orman is on 24 wins, although he has now outridden his apprentice claim.
Jim Byrne collected another two wins on Friday to move to 22 season wins.
Byrne’s wins were aboard Moonlight Dancer for trainer Chris Anderson and Danglissa Girl, which gave Tony Gollan his 28th season win.
Gollan is at unbackable odds to collect his second consecutive Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership with his nearest rival being Matt Dunn (16 season wins).
Byrne has won six Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership titles and often finishes the season strongly having won two premierships in the last race of the season over the past four years.
Another former premier jockey at Ipswich is Michael Cahill, who moved to fourth on the current ladder when he collected his 18th win on Friday. He rode Yoho, which is trained by Kelso Wood.
Ryan Wiggins also collected a winning double last Friday.
Fixed price confusion
A NUMBER of closures to fixed price Ubet wagering throughout the day at the Ipswich races last Friday created confusion and chaos amongst punters.
This action was undertaken by Ubet and was out of the control of the Ipswich Turf Club.
Ubet have apologised and promised that this will not occur again following the introduction of an automated solution.
THE number six was unusually lucky at Ipswich last Friday as the first two and the last three races went to that number.
Punters have different reasons for making their selections and those that have a favourite number of six would have enjoyed a profitable day last week.
Next Ipswich meeting
WEDNESDAY is the next Ipswich meeting, leaving only two more meetings prior to the Ipswich Cup on June 18. Those meetings are Wednesday May 25 and Friday, June 3.
Meanwhile, the Queens- land Winter carnival continued on Saturday where the first Group 1 race, the Ubet Cup, was contested at Doomben Racecourse.
The winner was the Lee Freedman trained Malaguerra, a galloper to come on in leaps and bounds since the Melbourne Spring Carnival last year.
Saturday was the start of five consecutive Group 1 race meetings in Brisbane.
The next is the Doomben Cup this weekend.