Tomizawa feeds the flames
TOOWOOMBA based jockey Nozi Tomizawa was the big winner at Ipswich on Saturday as the hot weather created havoc with the racing.
Tomizawa had five rides at Ipswich for four wins and a third placing. Tomizawa was first past the post in races three to six before he headed back home up the range for the Toowoomba evening meeting where he had further riding success.
The winning rides of Tomizawa’s were aboard Captain Treasure for trainer Alyssa Ross, Kavalong for Patrick Sexton, Magazine Miss for Michael Nolan, and a pick up ride on Madam Shazam for Tony Sears.
Nozi Tomazawi is a first choice rider among a number of trainers from the Downs and his quartet of winners on Saturday moved him to 11 wins for the current season at Ipswich.
This places him level with Jeff Lloyd behind only Jim Byrne and Robbie Fradd on the Premiership list.
The last of Tomizawa’s four winners was originally booked for Emma Ljung as the rider. However, Emma suffered effects of the intense heat on Saturday and was deemed unfit to ride Madam Shazam as a result.
The examination of Emma Ljung by ambulance officers resulted in a delay to fifth race with each subsequent race being put back to a later time.
THE recently introduced Racing Queensland hot weather policy was again applied at Ipswich on Saturday.
It was the second time this summer that such a policy application occurred at Ipswich and the ITC is just about the only thoroughbred club to have had races brought forward.
The Hot Weather Policy is in place to protect licensees and horses in intense heat. It involves measures such as air-conditioning, cooling bays, and ice packs at level 1 which is when the temperature rises to 36 degrees. These measures are for both riders and equines.
If the temperature rises above 38 degrees the integrity services team on the day decide whether any adjustment to the racing is to take place in terms of timing, or postponement/ abandonment of the meeting.
On Saturday the one change that steward’s made was to allow riders to be half a kilogram overweight for races encouraging them to increase their intake of fluids which was a wise move.
The decisions that have been made by Racing Queensland at Ipswich to bring race meetings forward are under question in relation to the hot weather policy.
The question is whether a decision should be made two days earlier than the meeting on bringing the timing forward and effectively ruining tote turnover, or leaving it to the day to determine if action needs to be taken by race stewards. With forecasts of hot weather again this week at Ipswich the policy may be again be referred to.
GOLD Coast trained Houtzen gave trainer Toby Edmond his greatest success in brilliantly winning the Magic Millions on Saturday on the Coast.
After leading from the outside draw the smart galloper worked at both ends of the race but was far too good for the opposition to collect the major spoils of the $2M race prize.
On a day of long price winners in steamy conditions, Houtzen flew the flag for the Queensland brigade.
THE final Ipswich January meeting is on this Friday, before a break of a week leading into February when there are four meetings programmed.