Top race switched to Ipswich track
AFTER the rain-enforced cancellation of half of the Doomben card on Saturday, Racing Queensland has rescheduled the listed Keith Noud Handicap to Ipswich on Wednesday.
This is a $100,000 listed race and an important lead in to the Queensland summer carnival.
The race is a welcome addition to Ipswich, resulting in a nine race card of $260,000 prize money.
This will be the only black type listed race run at Ipswich across the year apart from Cup Day, which has the listed races of Ipswich Cup, Eye Liner Stakes and Gai Waterhouse Classic.
Trainer happy again
IPSWICH Premier Trainer of the past three seasons, Tony Gollan, collected his 10th winner of the current season with Crackacharge.
Crackacharge was ridden by the in-form Matt McGillivray for his seventh winner of the season at Ipswich last week, as he continues a bright start to the senior riding ranks.
Crackacharge collected his maiden win at his sixth career start after placing just once previously – at Ipswich at his first career start in December 2016.
After a disappointing foray into training in Sydney last year for Gollan, he is now entrenched back into the Queensland life and very happy with the new Eagle Farm training facilities.
The increase in Wednes- day Metropolitan meetings at Ipswich in the absence of Eagle Farm will ensure the Gollan stable continues visiting for much of the current season chasing the elevated prize money.
TRAINER Tony Sears and jockey Ronnie Stewart each collected winning doubles at Ipswich last Wednesday with one of those wins in partnership.
That winner was Red Hot Miss, which gave trainer and jockey winning doubles after earlier successes.
Stewart previously won aboard the Rob Heathcote trained Downloading and Sears was earlier successful with Elsaray under Emma Ljung.
As an aside, Downloading is related to, and raced in similar interests to Heathcote’s now retired Buffering who collected multiple Queensland Horse of the Year Awards up until last season when Yankee Rose took over the crown.
Stewart moved level with Matt McGillivray and Luke Dittman on seven season wins, each of whom are all enjoying bright starts to the season which is not quite yet one third complete.
Lloyd draws level
VETERAN jockey Jeff Lloyd continues to amaze all with his durability and continued success.
After sparkling careers in South Africa and Hong Kong, Lloyd has made a huge impression in Australia over the past few years culminating with his effort last year in breaking the record for the most winning rides for a Queensland jockey in a season.
Lloyd smashed the record, reaching the previous mark with months of the season remaining.
Last Wednesday at Ipswich, Lloyd moved to the top of the Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership level with another former South African Robbie Fradd.
The pair have a dozen wins apiece although Lloyd was close to taking a clear lead last week with three seconds and a third.
Fradd has not ridden at Ipswich over the past couple of weeks although is keen to stay in the mix after finishing second on the Ipswich ladder last year.
Jim Byrne, who has won three consecutive Ipswich Premierships, is close behind the leading pair with 10 season wins.
Carnival heads west
AFTER last weekend’s Sandown meeting, the racing focus in Australia switches to the west with the final three Group 1 races of the calendar year to be contested there.
This weekend is the Railway Stakes, which will be followed over the next two by the Winterbottom and the Kingston Town Classic.
Ipswich racing continues on Wednesday, followed by the December program, which includes three Friday race meetings – 1st, 15th, and 22nd as well as two Wednesday dates – 6th and 27th. The early December Friday meetings are heavily booked with Christmas functions as we enter the festive season.