Turf chat: From Flemington to Ipswich for Luke
The racing was keen yesterday as the Miner’s Union Centenary Anniversary went to the Ben Currie trained Tints from Toowoomba. Tints was ridden by Luke Dittman who had returned from a successful visit to Flemington on Sunday. Dittman won aboard Worthy Cause on the first day of the Flemington Spring Carnival and the next day was winning the Labour Day Cup at Ipswich.
Another notable winner was Red Cent earlier in the day. After missing the start by 6 lengths and being forced 7 wide on the home turn, Red Cent managed to make it three wins from three starts at Ipswich and only one win from his other fourteen starts at other tracks.
Despite quite warm conditions, there were many smiling faces at the Bundamba racecourse yesterday for the ninth annual Labour Day race meeting at Ipswich. Free entry, free fairground rides and a car giveaway made the day for two thousand patrons that turned out for the end of a massive weekend in Australian sport.
The AFL and NRL finals as well as the Ipswich Jets win in the Interstate final combined with superb racing across the weekend leaving punters looking for a relaxing day before the return to school from holidays. And it all came together yesterday for a relaxing and entertaining day at the Ipswich Turf Club.
Buffering Wins on Labour Day Weekend
Eight year old gelding Buffering won the Group 1 Moir Stakes on Friday night for the third time as he continued his superb form which began with a win at Ipswich six seasons ago. Buffering collected his first major win at Ipswich on Labour Day in the $150,000 Two Year Old of that time.
It took fifteen tries at Group 1 level and a wait until he was a 6 year old before success, but since the Labour Day win at Ipswich Buffering has won five Group one races and now has career earnings of $5.1M. It is probably now on to the Group 1 sprint on the last day of the Flemington Carnival when Lankan Rupee and another couple of brilliant weekend winners Terravista and Chautauqua will be chasing another win.
Sensational Super Saturday for Favourite Backers.
It was a great weekend of racing around Australia including a day of favourites at Randwick’s Super Saturday. Winx, Speak Fondly, and Magic Hurricane won the three Group one races as favourites although there were a couple of other eye-catching runs on the day.
Champion sprinter Terravista and immensely talented and exciting colt Exosphere perhaps stole the limelight from the Group 1 winners. Exosphere who is a three year old entire won brilliantly and most punters are hoping this 600+kilogram galloper can race for a couple more years before going off for stud duties.
Other Group 1 winners on the weekend included Buffering in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night and Preferment who was a strong winner in the traditional Caulfield Cup lead up – the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Sunday. Preferment won the VRC Derby last year and may now challenge the Japanese horses for favouritism in the Caulfield Cup in two weeks.
This weekend the big races are at Caulfield including Group 1 races the Caulfield Guineas, Toorak Handicap and the Caulfield Stakes. Following that will be the Caulfield Cup, then Cox Plate and then into the Melbourne Cup Carnival.