Trainer reaching new heights in Ipswich
LAST season’s Ipswich premier trainer Tony Gollan made it a quarter of a century for the current season when Extrasay collected her second win from as many starts at Ipswich on Thursday.
Extrasay is a three-year-old filly by Rothesay.
After two previous unplaced career starts at Toowoomba, Extrasay has found a favourite track in Ipswich.
Gollan has moved to 25 season wins, just one short of last year’s winning tally, which had been the highest for a number of years.
With five months of the season remaining, Gollan has a seemingly unbeatable lead over Robert Heathcote, who is on nine wins.
The only question is how high the final tally will be.
Extrasay was ridden by Tegan Harrison, who continues to lead the Ipswich ladder after a double on Thursday.
Tegan’s other winner was Grey Not Black for Deagon trainer Pat Duff, which moved her to 23 season wins – most of which have been in partnership with the Gollan stable.
Harrison would become the first female in history to win a jockey’s premiership at Ipswich although it is far too early to start handing out awards.
This is due to the number of jockeys in hot pursuit.
Over the past month, there have been surges in form from Jim Byrne as well as the apprentices Matt McGillivray, and now Jim Orman.
Apprentice on the rise
APPRENTICE Jim Orman collected a winning treble last Thursday to make it six Ipswich wins for the week after a winning treble on Sunday.
The talented young rider has 19 wins for the season at Ipswich and has moved within four wins of Tegan Harrison at the top of the ladder.
Orman’s winners on Thursday were aboard Mizuki and Patronizing, both for Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick, and Carda Mojo – for his mother Caroline Allardyce.
Apprentices Luke Dittman, aboard Lush Belle, for Gillian Heinrich and Amelia Denby on Amber Lights for Julie Green, were the other winning jockeys.
That was during a day when Harrison was the only senior jockey to ride a winner at Ipswich.
The three latest Ipswich wins took Orman beyond a century of winners in Queensland this season.
He’s the fastest jockey to achieve this milestone.
As well as breaking this record formerly held by Chris Munce, Orman has also been selected to represent Queensland in the upcoming National Apprentices Series. This accolade gives further recognition to the Gatton-based talent.
Friday race program
THE last three race meetings at Ipswich have been on a Wednesday, Sunday and Thursday.
The next meeting is Friday, clearly displaying the varied role that Ipswich has played while Eagle Farm has been out of action for the best part of two years.
On Friday, the raceday is combined with the Swichettes Ladies Day after the success of their inaugural event last year.
Racing Queensland programmers have guaranteed a majority of Fridays for Ipswich in the new season after Eagle Farm is back up and racing from May, in a soon to be completed schedule.
IN Group 1 racing at the weekend, the star again was Chris Waller’s brilliant mare Winx.
Winx made it consecutive Group race wins in the Chipping Norton.
This amazing run of form, which included a five length Cox Plate win, commenced in the Queensland Winter Carnival of 2015 when Winx easily won the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas.
The next run for this mighty mare is uncertain although what is certain is the target of the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes on April 9 – a race that Winx is $2.25 favourite for after earlier opening at $4.40.
Other weekend Group 1 winners were in Melbourne with outsider Flamberge in the Oakleigh Plate, Turn Me Loose in the Futurity, and brilliant two-year-old Extreme Choice in the Blue Diamond resulting in favouritism for the Golden Slipper.
Group 1 racing this weekend constitutes the Randwick Guineas and Canterbury Stakes at Randwick in Sydney and the Australian Guineas at Flemington in Melbourne.