Turf chat: Double for Tegan as Girls Shine at Ipswich.
Female jockeys stood up at Ipswich on Wednesday at another Metropolitan race meeting conducted at the Bundamba facility. Despite a shortened 7 race card, the on course Tote turnover was double its normal midweek level as a decent attendance was on hand after the ITC had earlier in the day conducted its Annual General Meeting.
Female riders rode four of the seven race winners and this tally included a winning double for Tegan Harrison in the first two races of the day. Harrison’s double aboard Dee Nine Elle for Tony Gollan and Jorja’s Jet for Jackie Crompton, moved her to the top of the current Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership after two months of the season.
However her lead did not last long as apprentice Alannah Fancourt won aboard Flamboyer later in the day for Gold Coast trainer Kelly Doughty. This was the sixth win of the season for the young apprentice which moved her alongside Tegan Harrison leaving patrons scratching their heads as to whether this has ever been the case previously – two female riders sharing the Premiership lead two months into the season.
The other female to have a win was 3 kilogram claiming apprentice Brooke Stower who won aboard Fire Within for trainer Greg Grainger who travelled from Gympie for the race. Fire Within is becoming somewhat of a track specialist having now won two and placed once from three Ipswich starts in an overall record of four wins from nineteen starts.
It was not a total domination by the female riders however as apprentice James Orman rode a winning double for the second consecutive week aboard Ben Currie’s Invitto from Toowoomba and Gatton based Caroline Allardyce’s Iniquity. This latter win for Orman kept it in the family as Caroline Allardyce who often works her horses at Ipswich, is his mother.
This double of wins for the apprentice Orman moved him to five season wins at Ipswich to be sitting one off the lead. The other winning jockey was senior rider Michael Cahill in the last of the day aboard Kelso Wood’s Nozawa. This four year old gelding looks to be another track specialist having now collected both of his wins at the Ipswich circuit from his only two starts there in a career record of five starts for two wins.
Labour Day Meeting On Monday.
The next Ipswich race meeting is the public holiday next Monday as the club prepares for a big day of racing – the Labour Day meeting which is traditionally the second largest attendance for the year at the ITC. This year will be no different as the normal free entry and free fairground will be combined with a car giveaway on the day to a lucky patron as the CFMEU Centenary Anniversary Miner’s Cup is contested celebrating Ipswich’s rich coal mining heritage.
The car giveaway is a new initiative for the Club and sponsors, and a new 5 door Holden Barina will be given away later in the day to a lucky patron who must be on course to win the car.
After the public holiday Labour Day meeting on October 5th, there is racing at Ipswich every week through until the New Year including 2 Fridays in October, 8 Wednesdays, 2 Thursdays (VRC Oaks Day and Christmas Eve), and a newly introduced Saturday fixture on December 19th. Racing at Ipswich in the New Year commences with another Saturday as the secondary Queensland meeting behind the Magic Millions Day at the Gold Coast on January 9th.
Surprise Group 1 Winners.
It was somewhat of a surprise on the weekend at Caulfield as both Group 1 races went to outsiders. Mourinho at $20 just defeated favourite Fawkner in the Underwood Stakes and Stratum Star at $10 also just defeated favourite Disposition in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes.
This long weekend has a Super Saturday of racing as the Sydney Carnival comes to a close. The Epsom Handicap, Flight Stakes and Metropolitan Handicap are all Group 1 races contested on a quality card at Randwick as the AFL Grand Final is being played in Melbourne. Victoria does not miss out on Group 1 racing this weekend however as the Moir Stakes are contested at Moonee Valley on Friday night and the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Sunday just before the NRL Grand Final in Sydney.
Ipswich then plays its role on Monday to cap off a massive weekend of sport and racing.