Trainer praises Ipswich track
GOLD Coast trainer Marcus Wilson offered some glowing praise for the Ipswich racetrack after his galloper Sugar Ray Red collected his second consecutive win at Bundamba.
It seems the three-year- old gelding is becoming a track specialist having won twice and placed second from four starts in Ipswich.
Sugar Ray Red made seven winless starts at other tracks although he has collected a couple of second placings elsewhere.
Leading Ipswich jockey Jim Byrne collected his 27th win of the current season aboard the Gold Coast-based visitor.
Wilson praised the Bundamba facility, explaining how it has been a favourite destination for he and his former trainer father for decades.
Marcus said there was rarely any track bias at Ipswich as there was at other tracks.
The consistent surface appeals to him and is one of the reasons why his stable races so regularly here.
Marcus is now clear second on the Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership ladder with Sugar Ray Red collecting the stable’s ninth win for the season on Friday.
While still seven wins behind Tony Gollan who is chasing a third straight premiership, Wilson believes he is a chance of making up the difference with more than a third of the season remaining.
Top grounds staff
MARCUS Wilson’s track wrap is probably due more to the efforts of the track maintenance crew than any other reason.
Three years after works on the Ipswich track altered the racing surface entirely, improvements have been made although drainage issues continue at different parts of the course.
These drainage issues were evident on Friday as the grounds staff were required to move 200 metres of rail in limited time before the first race.
The reason for this movement was a low-lying area at the mouth of the 1350 metres chute, which retained the irrigation water from previous days.
Surrounding areas drained off the surface. However the affected area in the chute retained the water due to the lack of drainage.
The grounds staff under Chris Wallace and Sean Tou’s directions managed to move the rail in quick time to allow the meeting to proceed without any issues.
IPSWICH trained galloper Kaizari finally collected his maiden win at Ipswich last Friday.
The rising six-year-old was having his 22nd career start and gave trainer Andrew Cowell a well-deserved win.
Amongst the connections of the galloper are some well-known Ipswich surnames including Gibb, Jones, Davis and Faux.
Ipswich accountant Alexander Gibb later explained that Kaizari was the first galloper he has been connected with, and hence his first winner.
Kaizari had four previous placings, all at Ipswich, where he has now had 10 starts. It is the only track the galloper has placed on.
It was fitting that when Kaizari finally collected his win, it was a victory with a big space between he and second placed Kimhorse- dashian, in smart time.
Big wet heavy going
IT was another heavy track for Group 1 racing at Randwick on Saturday as top level wins were collected by Inference and Le Romain.
At Flemington, Hey Doc captured the Australian Guineas.
This week it is back to Flemington for the Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap as well as the Coolmore Stud Classic for fillies and mares at Rosehill in Sydney.
Ipswich racing continues with two more Fridays in March being this week then the 31st along with a Thursday program on March 23.