Turf Chat: Byrne leading way as Cahill collects handy double
FORMER Ipswich premier jockey Michael Cahill rode a winning double last Wednesday to give senior jockeys a margin over the apprentices on the eight-race card.
Cahill, who won the Ipswich Premiership after a sterling season two years ago, collected the double to give him 14 wins for the season at Ipswich.
However, with only two meetings remaining for the current season, Cahill is a long way from claiming another premiership.
Runaway leader Jim Byrne, on 27 wins, maintained his lead over Tim Bell (22 wins) as neither of the front runners collected a win last Wednesday despite seven rides between them.
Cahill’s winners were Relampago, for Eagle Farm trainer Craig Cousins, and True Passion for fellow Eagle Farm trainer Liam Birchley.
Winning apprentice riders were Cassie Schmidt aboard Right to Roam for Ballina trainer Stephen Lee, Luke Dittman aboard Balmoral Baby for Toby Edmonds of the Gold Coast, and Geoffrey Goold aboard The Yowie for Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears.
Right to Roam made the trip from Ballina after a close placing at Ipswich a couple of weeks ago.
The win was the fourth for that galloper from 32 career starts and fully vindicated the journey to Ipswich – a track that Right to Roam appears to have an affinity for.
Other senior winning riders last week were Brad Pengelly, for another Eagle Farm trainer Brad Herne, along with recently fully fledged jockeys Tegan Harrison aboard Dunrunin and Matt McGuren aboard Rosenet for the Gold Coast trainers Ben Hull and Bruce Hill respectively.
THE Queensland Racing Minister last week announced that an analysis undertaken by KPMG had found significant financial losses being incurred by Racing Queensland in recent times.
The mode of operation of the body will need to change according to the announcements as operational costs are basically higher than operational revenues.
The obvious way to increase revenues is to get wagering turnover up and Eagle Farm back racing would play a big role in doing that.
Areas of possible cost reduction could include Racing Queensland administration restructures as well as a focus on the major Industry cost lines.
No announcement has yet been made on a future model other than to say that the industry is fully sustainable with a number of structural changes.
As yet there has been no impact announced on any race club including Ipswich Turf Club so it is on with racing as normal at Ipswich commencing on Friday.
Four Friday meetings in a row
IT is difficult for even Ipswich Turf Club chairman Wayne Patch to keep up with the race dates at Ipswich as they change resulting from the continued outage of the state’s major track at Eagle Farm.
It is known however that Ipswich will be racing over the next four Fridays and there is a significant trackside function on each of those weeks.
This Friday, the local association Swich On is enjoying a large fundraiser of up to 150 in the Jibboom Lounge while the Goodna Rugby Club enjoys the day trackside.
The Swich On function has added attractions of former Broncos and Kangaroos Scott Prince, Brent Tate and Jharal Yow Yeh.
Swich On commenced almost five years ago and has raised tens of thousands of dollars for deserving charitable funds whilst enjoying the camaraderie of members of the association – often at the races.
Next week another large charitable function is in swing as the annual Crimestoppers fundraiser takes place. That is followed by Legacy Raceday and Ipswich Knights prior to reverting to Wednesday meetings in the second half of August.
There is a new timetable for October to February, which has just been received by the ITC.
This will be available for patrons to collect from this week.