Turf Chat 18 October 2016
Double for Dynamic Duo
Toowoomba galloper Chase the Wind helped both trainer John Dann and jockey Jim Orman to a winning double at the Ipswich Racetrack at the most recent meeting last Friday.
Chase the Wind is a three year old filly who was having only her second race start last week. She helped Jim Orman to a riding double as he also won aboard Hellaroo for Alyssa Ross in the Class 3 over 1030 metres later in the day. This double moved last season’s Premier Apprentice to 6 Ipswich wins for the current season.
Jim Orman is continuing to deliver on the great promise he has shown over the past couple of seasons as a junior rider. He became the fastest apprentice to reach 100 wins in a season in Queensland last year and represented the state in the National Jockeys Challenge. His tally of 29 wins was far more than has ever previously been achieved by an apprentice at Ipswich.
After outriding his apprentice claim and becoming a fully-fledged senior rider, Orman continues to ride with success which is a significant factor given the difficulty that many jockeys often have in gaining rides after moving to the senior ranks following the loss of a claim.
Another recent Ipswich Premier Apprentice who continued riding successfully after progressing to the senior ranks was Tegan Harrison who went agonisingly close to a senior premiership a couple of months ago before being overtaken by Ipswich Champion rider Jim Byrne on the last day of the season.
Tegan Harrison also collected a winner on Friday with the Peter and Will Hulbert trained Star Strider in the last race of the day, as did Jim Byrne aboard Tony Gollan’s Il Riccio. This gave both Byrne and Gollan clear Premiership leads with nine wins apiece.
Dann Feels at Home at Ipswich
He doesn’t have too many runners at Ipswich but John Dann feels very comfortable in the surroundings of the Bundamba racetrack. The double of wins for the Toowoomba based trainer included Chase the Wind and Taiyoshin which was ridden by Jag Guthmann-Chester. The win for Taiyoshin was the second win from twelve career starts with both successes being at the Bundamba track where Dann feels quite at home.
It helps that he has a family of noted sports playing cousins in the city, including one of the same name. The John Dann from Ipswich was a noted footballer who represented Queensland in the 1970s and a player who was regularly in strife with the referees. Brothers Kevin, Doug, Steve, Jeff, and Billy all played top side football at St Helens and Ipswich United over the 1970s and 1980s and the family is completed by sister Priscilla.
The Toowoomba trainer John Dann is well aware of the rich sporting history of his family name in Ipswich and is a regular visitor as on Friday when he collected his double from just two starters.
Jameka Steps Up
The first of the three Melbourne Spring Carnival “Big 3” was contested on the weekend and trainer Ciaron Maher struck the first blow for the home-grown brigade with a three length Caulfield Cup win to his star mare Jameka. This improving mare who was in form at the same time last year winning the VRC Oaks, continued her impressive Spring surge for her third career Group 1 win. Imported gallopers Scottish and Exospheric filled the placings with Almoonqith putting in an eye-catching fourth.
This week Group 1 racing is the Moonee Valley double of the Manikato Stakes on Friday night and the Australasian weight for age championship on Saturday in the rich Cox Plate. Winx is a slightly easing favourite attempting her thirteenth consecutive win as the impressive Hartnell firms in what is being billed as a two horse race. It is notable that Hartnell has only been defeated once this campaign – four lengths behind Winx first up in the Warwick Stakes in August.
Hartnell has won all three subsequent starts by a combined 17 lengths including a three length defeat of Jameka in the Turnbull Stakes last time out. Winx however has the tricky Moonee Valley track experience following her unforgettable six length win in last year’s Cox Plate.
After the Cox Plate it is on to Flemington for a week of Group 1 racing over four meetings including of course the Melbourne Cup on November 1.
There is Ipswich racing this Friday 21 October prior to Thursday meetings on 27 October and VRC Oaks Day 3 November.