Turf Chat: Gollan, Byrne keep setting Ipswich standard
A RACE to race double to Tony Gollan on Friday moved the trainer to 26 season wins with the proverbial home straight in sight.
Gollan is eight wins ahead of Matthew Dunn with the last meeting of the season at Ipswich set down for Friday.
Gollan has enjoyed a superb season despite a lack of carnival success. He has topped the list at Brisbane and Ipswich tracks and equalled Bruce McLachlan’s record of metropolitan wins that has stood since the 80s.
Tomorrow is the final Metropolitan meeting of the season.
Gollan’s winners were Maraska, ridden by Jim Byrne, and Bentles – ridden by Tegan Harrison.
Byrne collected a second win for the day aboard Queen of Georgia for Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick. He moved to 31 season wins – nine ahead of Tim Bell.
Byrne highlights regularly how well he knows the Ipswich circuit.
This will be his eighth premiership, including his apprentice wins early in his career.
Luke Rolls had a rare winning double – aboard Fell From Heaven and Torbay for Gold Coast trainers Mel Eggleston and Mario Caltabiano respectively.
PUNTERS’ hopes of finishing last Friday with a favourite were dashed as roughie Lockiebe collected a last stride win justifying a visit from Townsville.
The Gerry Harvey part-owned Blatant looked home for Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn and jockey Glen Colless until Andrew Spinks brought the Glenn Schultz trained grey with a perfectly timed run.
Lockiebe’s odds ranged from $35 on the tote to $101 with bookmakers.
Milestone for Jake?
APPRENTICE jockey Jake Bayliss was a visitor at the Ipswich race track last Friday enjoying the site of many of his boyhood memories.
Now apprenticed to Melbourne trainer Mick Kent, a suspension to the young apprentice for whip overuse gave him the chance to return to Ipswich for a short break.
Jake spent much of his upbringing around the Bundamba facility whether the family was living at different properties at Ripley, East Ipswich or the Bundamba stables.
Along with brother Regan and sister Annalisse, the family were often seen making their way to the track after school to inspect the fortunes of father Jamie’s training operations.
Each of the trio, along with Jamie, all reside in Melbourne now.
Although all have different homes, there is a continued racing connection for each.
Jake is sitting on 99 career wins.
He said there was a good chance he may collect his 100th win at Ipswich at his first Ipswich ride as his master is strongly considering nominating a runner over the next couple of weeks.
Smokin Joey success
EYELINER Stakes winner Smokin Joey showed on Saturday that he took a great deal of benefit from his visit to Ipswich and short stay in Queensland last month.
At his first start since the Eyeliner Stakes win, Smokin Joey won the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
In the first Group race of the extended Spring Carnival, the rising eight-year old Group 1 winner helped again to build the status of the time honoured Eye Liner Stakes across the country.
As if that wasn’t enough to highlight the strength of the Eye Liner, Daph ‘n’ Alf collected the main Queensland race at the Sunshine Coast in that club’s $100,000 30th Anniversary Cup on Saturday.
Daph ‘n’ Alf was runner up to Smokin Joey at Ipswich in June.