Trainer always a consistent performer in Ipswich
TOOWOOMBA trainer Michael Nolan continued his amazing strike rate at Ipswich with a win to Sir Donald in the Class 1 race on Thursday.
Sir Donald was ridden by in-form former South African jockey Jeff Lloyd, who has settled in South East Queensland after riding Group 1 winners across the world.
Nolan usually has a winner if he brings a couple to Ipswich and that was again the case on Thursday.
Memorable Flemington carnival
THE Flemington Melbourne Cup Carnival was completed on Saturday with many exceptional memories to take from the sparkling week.
On the first day of black and white dress code for Derby Day, the win in the VRC Derby by Prized Icon gave The Cummings family four generations of training winners in this time- honoured race.
Prized Icon’s trainer James Cummings is the grandson of the famous trainer Bart, who as well as training 13 Melbourne Cup winners, also collected five VRC Derby wins. His father collected a Derby win more than 100 years ago and his son and James’ father Anthony collected his a few years ago.
On Cup Day, the talking point was the incredible goodwill gesture of Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira as his European mount Heartbreak City crossed the line a narrow margin behind winning jockey Kerryn McEvoy aboard the Lloyd Williams owned Almandin.
Moreira reached his arm in a congratulatory gesture across the shoulders of McEvoy in a magnificent sign of sportsmanship.
The gesture was similar to that of Damian Oliver in 2006 after his mount Pop Rock had been narrowly defeated by the Japanese winner Delta Blues.
Almandin provided a fifth winner for the Melbourne Cup obsessed Williams, who was at the track for the race for the first time since 1998.
That was despite Brew, Efficient and Green Moon winning the cup for him in 2000, 2007 and 2012.
On Oaks Day, the win of Ipswich-raised Regan Bayliss aboard Mihany was followed by his Group 1 placing aboard Harlow Gold in the AJC Oaks.
However, the win in the Oaks by Lasqueti Spirit and the associated story was the memorable moment for the day. This Sydney based maiden galloper had run fourth at her previous Kembla Grange start and was at $120 facing dual Group 1 winner Yankee Rose who had placed in the Cox Plate at her previous start and was a hot odds-on favourite.
The elation on the face of jockey Brenton Avdulla, along with his salute and bow on the line, cost him a $1000 fine but showed a moment he will never forget after a daring ride.
This outsider of the field was sent to the lead before the 1200 metre mark and kept rolling along to win by five lengths to the utter shock of connections and jockey proving some dreams can come true.
Avdulla later noted that at the 1000 metre mark that the most he was hoping for was a top eight finish.
The bow on the line was a sight to be seen and well worth the fine in the jockey’s opinion.
The final day of the carnival on Saturday was notable for a number of long priced winners with the win of English galloper Francis of Assisi perhaps the most memorable of the day.
This galloper collected the Queen Elizabeth Stakes by a massive margin 10 lengths as the royal blue colours of Goldolphin streaked away down the Flemington straight.
However, the Sheik who added another Melbourne Cup placegetter to his record with Hartnell, is not yet satisfied and has vowed to continue striving to become a Cup winner after 25 years of near misses.
Ipswich racing this week reverts back to Fridays. There are Friday meetings at Ipswich for the remainder of the year apart from Wednesday, December 7.