Turf Chat: Byrne at best in Ipswich
AS he did on Ipswich Cup Day, current Ipswich premier jockey Jim Byrne rode the first two winners of the day at the metropolitan meeting last Wednesday at Ipswich.
That sent him streets clear on the current ladder, entering the final month of the season.
His first winner was for Eagle Farm trainer Bruce Brown with the four-year-old mare Fifteen Love in the maiden for stayers over 2170 metres.
This was the first career win for Fifteen Love at her ninth start indicating a preference for longer distance races.
After previously running two career second placings, the win on Wednesday moved Fifteen Love’s earnings in excess of $20,000.
Clever track gallop
TO show that he can win at Ipswich on gallopers from all over, the second Byrne win was aboard Richard Laming’s Moshulu in the three year old Mile Maiden.
Moshulu hails from Laming’s Cranbourne base although he has been in Queensland for a couple of weeks.
Despite that being his first race start at Ipswich, Moshulu was no stranger to the Bundamba circuit as his trainer cleverly organised an exhibition gallop at the previous race meeting at Ipswich on June 26. This gallop was requested as the visiting galloper could not be placed in a suitable race and anyone who saw that gallop a couple of weeks ago recognised a couple of decent racehorses.
Moshulu galloped with stablemate Abohar, a three-year-old filly who the stable had big wraps on as well.
For anyone who watched the exhibition gallop the previous Friday, and who then watched Moshulu win impressively, the stablemate Abohar would have been marked as a certainty at her next start.
That next start happened to be in the third race on Wednesday, immediately after Moshulu’s win. All went to script as Abohar won easily as well after a surprisingly generous $5 had been bet on her prior to starting at around $4.50.
This resulted in a well pleased set of connections who despite travelling from Cranbourne in Victoria, managed to collect the maiden win for each of their gallopers within 35 minutes of each other at Ipswich in Queensland.
The Laming exhibition gallop strategy has long been a success as Richard’s father Bevan has regularly ventured to Ipswich for gallops prior to winning quality races with his gallopers. To name a few over the past two decades, he has brought dual Brisbane Cup winner Desert Chill, Stradbroke winner St Basil, another Brisbane Cup winner Crossthestart, and classy filly Ringa Ringa Rosie.
Most recently the Lamings brought Banca Mo for a gallop prior to the Ipswich Cup before the top weight in the Cup told near the end in a close up second to European import Danchai.
WHILE the Ipswich track is racing differently over the past 12 months to the way it was in the previous 20 years, trainers continue to show a keenness to bring their gallopers to Ipswich.
The example of this on Wednesday was the Richard Laming double travelling up from Cranbourne. Additionally, there was a NSW based winner, three from Eagle Farm in Brisbane and two others from the Gold Coast.
The NSW based winner was Royal Occasion for Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn who regularly makes the trip to Ipswich. From the Gold Coast Helen Page had a win with Slippery Saga and Patrick Busuttin’s Round Mountain Girl collected her second career Ipswich win in the Class 4.
The Eagle Farm visitors were Bruce Brown’s Fifteen Love, Robert Heathcote’s Fortini, and Laurie Mayfield-Smith’s The Thomas Affair.
THIS week is a Friday meeting in Ipswich and a big day out at the races is planned for Ipswich Logan Hornets Cricketers for the Les Kinnane Memorial Day.
A crew of almost 150 will be enjoying the day trackside making the most of a Friday afternoon race meeting.