Turf Chat: Happy to be back in Ipswich
AFTER a weather-related break of six weeks from racing at Bundamba, a strong card produced some quality racing at the latest meeting.
Nine individual winning trainers and eight winning jockeys on the nine-event card were pleased to be back racing in Ipswich.
The track was still soft after receiving 160 millimetres of rain five days earlier.
Despite a number of scratchings, there were still 95 gallopers from all over south-east Queensland that went around looking for the good metropolitan class prize money.
The only licensee to collect a double of wins was apprentice jockey Matthew McGuren.
He won aboard Omega, for Toowoomba trainer Rex Lipp, and Apple Thief (for Gold Coast-based Bryan Guy).
Other Gold Coast-based winners were Always Sacred, for trainer Toby Edmonds, and former South African jockey Jeff Lloyd, and the well-backed Round Mountain Girl (for Pat Busuttin and jockey Scott Galloway).
Another former South African jockey to collect a win was Robbie Fradd aboard Legal Hunter, trained by Toowoomba-based Wayne Nugent.
The Sunshine Coast was also represented by the Mick Mair- trained Fast Arrow, giving Tegan Harrison her 14th win of the season at Ipswich.
Jim Byrne continues to lead the Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership.
He brought his total to 20 wins for the season aboard Right or Wrong, which is trained by Eagle Farm-based Lindsay Gough.
Another Brisbane-based trainer in Liam Birchley had a win with the Paul Hammersley ridden Terio Tool.
The final winner was Skating Away for the Deagon-based Darren Bell and apprentice jockey Bridget Grylls.
There is racing at Ipswich for the next three Wednesdays, including tomorrow’s card of 104 acceptors across eight strong races.
Along with these three May Wednesdays, Thursday (June 4) is the other scheduled Ipswich meeting prior to Cup Day on June 13.
THE Gai Waterhouse French import Pornichet was again the star of the Queensland Winter Carnival on Saturday at Doomben as he brilliantly won the Group 1 Doomben Cup.
Pornichet easily backed up from his Toowoomba Cup win of the previous week to have connections talking about a spring target of the Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup.
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Blake Shinn rode Pornichet and also collected the other group 1 race on Saturday in the BTC Cup aboard Sydneysider Hot Snitzel for the Peter Snowden stable.
It was not just the Group 1 double for Shinn who rode the winners of more than half of the card at Doomben in collecting five wins for the day.
Hot Snitzel had not won for more than a year and was a rough chance at $25 for the first Group 1 sprint of the carnival.
Hot Snitzel’s career earnings moved to $1.23m in defeating Knoydart and Our Boy Malachi who will both return for the Doomben 10,000 in a fortnight.
The carnival continues at the Sunshine Coast this weekend for the running of the Caloundra Cup.
Following are three consecutive weeks of Group 1 racing in Brisbane with Doomben 10,000 on May 23, Queensland Oaks (May 30), and Queensland’s greatest race the Stradbroke Handicap (June 6).
It is then onto the Ipswich Cup on June 13.