Turf Chat: Favourites Finish After Rough Start at Ipswich
On a heavy track at Ipswich last Wednesday it was a bit like a tale of two halves. In the first half of the eight race card there was not a favourite to be seen. The second half of the card was the quadrella which paid a miserly $51.60 and which included two favourites along with two second favourites.
The only winner in races one to four at a reasonably short quote was Marlene Adele for trainer John Morrisey and rider Ryan Wiggins. Marlene Adele is named using the Christian names of part owners of the galloper, and her win was somewhat of a surprise for connections on the heavy track. This four year old mare was however quite strong on the line indicating that she may go better over further ground.
Other winners early in the day were Landale for Kelvin Hickmott of Beaudesert and ridden by apprentice e Brook Stower, Pudmardels for Lawrie Mayfield-Smith and Alannah Fancourt, and Fleur D’orage for Barry Baldwin and Michael Cahill.
It was a different story in the latter half of the day as the longest priced winner was Glorious Red for Kelly Schweida and Glen Colless in the last of the day. The other winners to make up the quadrella were Fortini for Robert Heathcote and Matt McGillivray, Venecia for Wendy Bannerot and Robbie Fradd, and Hellaroo for Alyssa Ross and apprentice Jim Orman.
No Gollan This Week.
It was an unusual race day at Ipswich on Wednesday as premiership leading trainer Tony Gollan and Jockey Tegan Harrison were not in the winner’s list all day. However none of the three closest trainers on the Premiership collected a win so Gollan maintained his lead of six wins.
A third place for Scarlet Begonias in the second race was the best return from the seven Gollan stable runners for an unusually quiet day for the reigning Ipswich Premier trainer.
Final Australian 2015 Group 1 Decided.
On Saturday the final Australian Group 1 race of the calendar year was decided at Ascot in Perth. The Kingston Town Classic was won by WA filly Perfect Reflection making it five wins from five starts. The Grant Williams trained filly who started favourite after the rain came had a narrow margin over classy stablemate Delicacy. German trained and early favourite Magic Artist appeared to not handle the going and wilted from the turn to finish well beaten.
The first Group 1 Australian race for the new year will be the C F Orr Stakes in mid-February
Run of Wednesdays Ceases Tomorrow.
Tomorrow’s meeting is the last of five consecutive Wednesday Metropolitan meetings at Ipswich as a December Saturday is the date scheduled next week. This meeting is not the last before Christmas as there is a meeting on Christmas Eve in the following week. The Saturday meeting has attracted a good deal of interest as many patrons plan to celebrate a weekend meeting on the week prior to Christmas, on a day that the Handmade Expo Markets are back at the ITC on a race day – a concept that has proven popular previously. Find out more about the races on the 19th here >
To finish off the racing year there is a Metropolitan meeting on Wednesday December 30 before kicking off the new year with another weekend date on Saturday 9 December.