Turf Chat: Byrne on track for success
JIM Byrne is a big-time jockey who has enjoyed tremendous success over his career at the Ipswich racetrack.
Last Wednesday was no different. Byrne collected a double of wins aboard Changly for Beaudesert trainer Mark Palmer and Maraska for Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership leader Tony Gollan.
Byrne has consistently collected Ipswich Premiership wins and Ipswich Cups over the years.
He is renowned as the jockey who best understands the Ipswich track, and who makes the most of every ride there.
It is 20 years since Byrne won his first Ipswich Cup aboard Ardeed before collecting his second in 1997 with He’s Back on Track.
The classy New Zealander Sphenophyta then won for Byrne in 2006.
With the Ipswich Cup a couple of weeks away on June 13, it might be about time for another trophy to be added to the mantelpiece for the top flight jockey.
The double for Byrne gives him 24 wins for the current season, moving him three ahead of Tim Bell as the reigning premier Byrne aims to go back-to-back.
The win for Gollan took him to 24 wins as well at the top of the trainer’s list at Ipswich. Gollan has never collected an Ipswich Premiership although he is the current Ipswich Cup holder after Brave Ali’s win last year.
Apart from Gollan, the Eagle Farm trainers were busy collecting half of the card including a dead heat win.
The smart galloper Neuschwanstein won for Robert Heathcote, Miss Interiors for Les Ross, and the dead heat in race three was shared by Forest Way for Chris Munce and Another Girl for Dwayne Schmidt.
Calls for unity
THE Australian Racing Conference was held in Brisbane last week and there were calls for unity in various functions of racing across the nation.
Currently each state has different processes in relation to marketing, handicapping, programming, and stewarding of the industry for example.
Again there were many calling for greater unification of these functions although there were perhaps just as many arguing the reasons why such unification cannot occur.
AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan was one of the speakers at the conference and argued for nationalising of racing. He described how Australian Rules 20 years ago turned fortunes in a positive direction after nationalising the sport taking the administration control away from the states and clubs.
THE time honoured Group 1 race, the Doomben Ten Thousand, was run in Brisbane on Saturday.
Not only did all three placegetters come from Sydney, six of the remaining eight race winners were from NSW.
Boban won his first race for over a year and added another Group 1 to his Epsom Handicap, Emirates Stakes, and Chipping Norton victories.
Charlie Boy ran second with Generalife third however the favourite billing for the Stradbroke Handicap in two weeks went to Najoom who won the last of the day.
Three-year-old filly Najoom is trained by Gai Waterhouse and her brilliant three length victory was run in faster time than the Ten Thousand.
This week is the Group 1 Queensland Oaks being run at Doomben while Eagle Farm is out of action.
Southern runners dominate the betting again with Winx favourite ahead of Bohemian Lily and Ballet Suite.
On the following weekend the Stradbroke Handicap is to be contested at Doomben.
Then on June 13 all eyes are on Ipswich for the historic and famous Ipswich Cup meeting.
Keep reading your QT for more Ipswich Cup news.