Turf Chat: Gollan, Byrne top Ipswich achievers
NEITHER had a winner however Ipswich Premierships in the three categories were confirmed on Friday at the last meeting for the season.
Tony Gollan claimed his first Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership in the season. He broke the long-standing record of metropolitan wins set by Bruce McLachlan three decades ago.
Most of Gollan’s Ipswich wins for the season were metropolitan status as the Wednesday meetings at Ipswich were plentiful while covering for the outage of Eagle Farm.
Gollan collected 26 Ipswich wins and was well ahead of Murwillumbah based Matt Dunn on 19.
Despite having a lean Winter Carnival, the Gollan stable consistently chalked up winners across the season to finish well clear of the field and to maintain his stable’s 13% career win ratio.
Ipswich specialist Jim Byrne collected his ninth premiership, including apprentice titles as he also easily finished well clear.
Byrne rides at a 13% win ratio as well and his career total prize money earned by horses he has ridden exceeds $20 million.
Byrne could only manage two seconds on Friday. However it was mathematically impossible for second placed Tim Bell to catch him as he sat nine wins behind Byrne’s tally of 31 coming into the last day of the season.
The premier apprentice for the 2015 season was Matthew McGuren, who chalked up a season tally of 16 wins – five ahead of Travis Wolfgram.
Another apprentice who did not have a crack at the title but did however have a memorable season at Ipswich was Luke Tarrant who famously won the Ipswich Cup on imported European galloper Danchai for leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller.
Day for favourites
AFTER a $100-1 winner at the last meeting at Ipswich in the previous week, favourite backers would have been a lot happier with themselves on Friday.
Throughout the day, four favourites won.
Three other winners came from the second line of betting.
Only Chateauroux, with apprentice Sarah Eilbeck aboard, won at a double figure quote to continue her good form which is returning a 16% career win rate.
Former South African jockey Jeff Lloyd had the best return on Friday with a race to race double of wins aboard Faiconi and Red Bowers.
Lloyd had seven rides all up on Friday and unusually, two of those failed to finish.
Meanjin refused to race earlier in the day and in the final race of the day One Lucky Sheila went down on her nose at the jump, dislodging Lloyd and ruining his chance of a winning treble in the final three races of the season.
Thankfully there was no damage and Lloyd was back riding at Doomben on Saturday actually collecting a double aboard Lesley’s Choice and Jopa to start off the new season in fine style.
THE Spring Carnival is the highlight of Australian racing and the time when the best equines of Australasia and across the world show their class.
However there is somewhat of a cloud over the carnival with news of the possibility of top trainers including Peter Moody and Mark Kavanagh being suspended over cobalt use.
Inquiries continue into various positive cases of this substance which naturally occurs in equines.
It is the hope of all that the issue does not overshadow the brilliance of the carnival, which culminates in the race that stops a nation – the Melbourne Cup, a race that has been won by Mark Kavanagh with the galloper Shocking.