Trainer’s twin Ipswich success
TOOWOOMBA trainer John Zielke had a day out at Ipswich racetrack last Friday as he collected a winning double from just two starters.
Additionally, a multi bet fixed price all-up on the pair of winners returned around 50-1.
Zielke caps his stable at a relatively small number of 20 gallopers and has enjoyed some decent success over the years especially with former top juvenile Our Civic Hope and Flemington Stakes winner Kengrande.
The first of Zielke’s winners was Queen Consort in the third race with Luke Dittman aboard. It was just the second start for this three-year-old filly after a fourth at Gatton first up.
Dittman continues to ride winners around South East Queensland.
He’s maintaining his strong career strike rate of 17% from restricted rides due to weight constraints.
Having said that, Dittman was able to make the 55kg allocated weight for Queen Consort.
After Queen Consort won comfortably by more than a length, it was much closer in the next race.
Bold Kingston secured the double for the stable making it win number two at Ipswich from three starts at the track with a narrow margin over Scoutabout with Tegan Harrison aboard.
Ryan Plumb rode Bold Kingston to cling on for the win on Friday as he did in July at Ipswich when a comfortable winner over 1350 metres.
This was the fourth win from 12 career starts for Bold Kingston.
His prize money earned is in excess of $100,000 with a promise of more to come.
APART from the rare double for John Zielke, individual winning jockeys and trainers won across the rest of Friday’s card.
Winning trainers travelled from Toowoomba (Zielke and Tony Sears) to Murwillumbah (Matt Dunn) with Deagon trainers Kathy Stabe and Sam Strazzieri in between.
The final winning trainer was John Smerdon from the Gold Coast as were most of the winning jockeys including Luke Rolls, Jackson Morris, Tegan Harrison, Robbie Fradd and Michael Hellyer.
The win for Fradd aboard Count Cumani took him to two for the new season, making him top of the jockey’s ladder level with last week’s double winning apprentice Bridget Grylls.
Zielke is the unlikely clear leader of the trainer’s ladder after his winning double on Friday.
Black Caviar offspring
DURING Friday’s race meeting, there was quite a bit more than the regular interest in a maiden race at the corresponding Geelong synthetic meeting.
This interest was in the first of the Black Caviar offspring Oscietra who collected her first career win at her second start.
The three year old filly comfortably won over 1000 metres at her first start since last season’s disappointing third placing in January when first up at Flemington.
There is great expectation on Oscietra being the first of the Black Caviar offspring to race.
Ipswich racing continues for two more consecutive Fridays including the Crimestoppers Raceday this week prior to another Wednesday date on August 30.
In September, there are two Wednesdays (6th and 27th), a Friday (15th) and the major Metropolitan Saturday meeting on the 23rd.