Turf Chat: Ipswich centre of Friday race focus
Winning jockey Luke Dittman returns to the Ipswich Turf Club enclosure after his success on Hidden Love in Friday’s Queensland Times Handicap (1200m). Inga Williams
IF not for Ipswich, there would have been no thoroughbred racing product telecast across Australia on Friday.
After Gosford and Dubbo meetings were abandoned, and Pakenham not broad- cast due to protracted Sky Racing negotiations, the meeting at Ipswich was the only thoroughbred product for punters to watch their selections racing.
There were eight individual winning trainers and jockeys on Friday as the spoils were quite evenly shared around South East Queensland.
There were four winning Brisbane trainers as Khaleesi for Bruce Brown, Choose a Saga for Steele Ryan, Kaiser Franz for Robert Heathcote, and Chilly Prediction for Bryan Dais won their respective races.
The winning jockeys on these gallopers were Tegan Harrison, Glen Colless, Jeff Lloyd, and Matthew Palmer.
The remaining winners included one from the Sunshine Coast (Mankini Love for trainer Frank Phillips) and Ipswich Cup winning jockey Luke Tarrant.
The remainder of winners were from the Gold Coast. They were Road to the Bay (for trainer Tracy Timbery and jockey Noriyuki Masuda), Hidden Love (for Peter Perkins and Luke Dittman), and Panch Kalyan (for Kelly Doughty and Michael Hellyer).
Betting turnover was quite strong on Ipswich racing on Friday as you would expect given that it was one of only two thoroughbred meetings conducted across Australia and the only one to be broadcast on Sky.
THE Ipswich Turf Club was alerted this week to further changes to dates in the racing program for the new season starting August 1.
The reason for these changes is the continued outage of Eagle Farm where the recommencement of racing has been forecast out to February 2016.
The Ipswich Thursday and Friday meetings from August to February are planned to be changed to predominantly metropolitan Wednesday meetings.
As all other South East Queensland tracks race on weekends, Ipswich is the only facility capable of regularly filling the Wednesday metropolitan meeting status, Ipswich will be confirmed this week as racing predominantly on Wednesdays through until early next year.
The next Ipswich meeting is on Friday.
Carnival winds up
LAST Saturday at the Gold Coast, the final Australian Group 1 of the season was contested in the Tattersalls Tiara.
Stradbroke Handicap winner Srikandi claimed another Group 1 as she defeated Sydney mare Avoid Lightning and Melbourne filly Lumosty.
Not far behind the placegetters was another classy Sydney mare Catkins who missed the jump and couldn’t get into the race.
The top class collection of fillies and mares was a fitting field for the first Group 1 race at the Coast.
This again was due to the Eagle Farm outage where the 150-year-old Tattersalls Club has raced in the past.
The Gold Coast Turf Club was thrilled to conduct a race at the top level across the world for the first time.
Group racing in Australia recommences in Sydney and Melbourne in the spring culminating in perhaps the world’s greatest racing carnival – the Melbourne Cup carnival in the first week of November.