Trainer’s hot Ipswich form
MURWILLUMBAH trainer Matt Dunn was at it again on Wednesday at Ipswich collecting another treble of winners – each winner ridden by a different jockey.
The first of the trio was Sky Heart, who collected his second consecutive win at Ipswich with Jeff Lloyd aboard.
Former South African champion rider Lloyd made it a race-to-race double after earlier saluting aboard the Robert Heathcote trained Jomar’s Element.
Dunn’s run continued in the next race as apprentice Luke Dittman rode Flying Charger to victory over the 1690 metres distance. Flying Charger did as his stablemate had in the previous race, making it consecutive Ipswich wins after their victories on April 6.
In race five, the treble for Dunn from consecutive races was completed as Groovy Gal won the ratings 0-70 sprint with Jim Byrne aboard.
The last win for this smart four-year-old mare was on the October Day meeting at Ipswich last year. In between these two wins, Groovy Gal had two starts at the Gold Coast and at Doomben without winning showing that Ipswich is somewhat of a favoured track for all three of the winning Dunn stable gallopers.
This treble moved former Ipswich Premiership winner Dunn to 15 season wins at Bundamba. He’s still 12 behind last season’s winner Tony Gollan, who has had a lean run at Ipswich in calendar year 2016, despite still having a higher tally of winners at the track than that which won his premiership last year.
Dual former Ipswich champion trainer Heathcote also moved to 15 season wins with a double of wins on Wednesday.
This double was with Jomar’s Element and Fortini in the last race of the day. It is timely for Heathcote to be in the news at Ipswich as we near Labour Day when stable star Buffering won the two year old QTIS race six years ago before going on to be Queensland’s best racehorse for five years.
Ironically, Buffering is planned to run at Hong Kong on Sunday night – the eve of the Labour Day meeting.
Winning riding doubles were collected by Lloyd, Byrne and Dittman as Byrne moved to 20 season wins, just five behind leader Tegan Harrison and three behind apprentice Jim Orman.
Harrison has had a relatively sparse 2016 at Ipswich reflecting the recent run of Gollan whose stable has provided the majority of winners this season for the Jockey’s Premiership leader.
Like father, like son
APPRENTICE Luke Dittman is proving to enjoy the Bundamba circuit just as his famous dad Mick did in years gone by.
Melbourne Cup winning Mick Dittman won Ipswich riding premierships as well as three Ipswich Cups in the 70s and 80s when he was arguably the top jockey in Australia.
Luke Dittman has already collected an Ipswich Apprentice Jockey Premiership. His double on Wednesday took him to 13 season wins in his return season after having a layoff due to weight problems.
It is difficult for such a tall jockey to maintain the weight required for riding although Dittman junior seems to have it comfortably in control this time round.
Mini carnival starts
THE next race meeting at Ipswich is the Labour Day Public holiday on Monday.
This May 2 free family fun day features an enlarged children’s fairground, Barnyard Babies animal farm, free entry and great racing.
This meeting kicks off a mini-carnival for Ipswich, which includes the following Saturday (May 7) for Legs and Eddies Day and the Show holiday (May 13), which features a wedding and a fundraising function for Ipswich Hospice. Then follows the final two regular Wednesday Metropolitan meetings, prior to reverting to predominantly Friday dates from early June when Eagle Farm is planned to return to racing after a two year layoff.
To top off the Ipswich mini-carnival is the big day for the 150 year anniver- sary Ipswich Cup, which is contested on June 18.
Pre-sold marquee tickets are selling at an amazing rate.
With presold tickets well up on year 2015, another impressive display of Ipswich community sprit will be on show for the time honoured and historic race meeting that is the Ipswich Cup.