Triple treat for trainer in Ipswich
BEAUDESERT trainers and jockeys dominated the latest six-race Ipswich meeting.
Beaudesert trainers collected three winners on Friday as Beaudesert-based apprentice Brooke Ainsworth rode a winning double.
The winning Beaudesert trainers were Greg Cornish with Life’s Like That, Sacromonte for Mark Palmer, and Guadalupe for Darlene Duryea. The first and third of these were ridden by Ainsworth.
Sacramonte was steered home by Robbie Fradd.
Fradd’s win was his ninth for the season to move him within one victory of Jim Byrne at the top of the list.
Ainsworth’s twin success doubled her season tally although apprentices Jim Orman and Michael Murphy head the apprentice’s tally with seven and six respectively.
Murphy collected his sixth winner aboard the Darryl White trained Casse Bleu.
White trains at Texas.
As the remaining two races were won by Bevan Laming, from Jacobs Well, with Really Sure and Toowoomba’s Steve Tregea with Backslapper, there was unusually not one Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast or Brisbane trained winner.
DESPITE almost 100 nominations for last Friday’s meeting, only six races were conducted with a total of 64 acceptors.
This week there have been in excess of 90 nominations received for the Ipswich meeting on Friday, including a minimum of eight for each race. This will hopefully ensure a seven race card.
The total number of nominations have increased from the previous two weeks when the large volume of South East Queensland racing corresponding to the Flemington carnival resulted in many nomination options for trainers.
Combined with the plethora of racing around Melbourne Cup time is the programming of a number of day/night race meetings at the Sunshine Coast. That includes another tomorrow with a record 13 races providing the Queens- land Wednesday Metropolitan meeting as well as corres- ponding to Hong Kong racing.
These 13 races include one transferred from Saturday’s washout in Brisbane.
The results of the Racing Queensland experiment to conduct a number of 12 race cards at the Sunshine Coast will be taken into account in conjunction with overall results of race programming for the year. On Sunday there have been just 75 nominations received at the Sunny Coast for an eight race card.
The benefits of such programming include conducting only one meeting to cover two time slots, making good use of the expansive and floodlit Sunshine Coast circuit after infrastructure expenditure there just over a decade ago.
That approach also corresponds with important southern state and international night racing.
SANDOWN Cup Day on Saturday completed the Melbourne Spring Carnival for 2016.
The international Godolphin stable collected two of the major wins for the day, including Melbourne Cup fourth placegetter Qewy, which won the listed Sandown Cup.
Beautiful Romance later won the Group 2 Zipping Classic in a stirring struggle to the line.
Ipswich racing continues on Friday.
Friday meetings are at Ipswich for the rest of the year, apart from Wednesday, December 7.