Turf Chat: Ipswich provides winning chance
SATURDAY’S race meeting at Ipswich provided a great opportunity for trainers and jockeys to collect a winner at the track where they are seldom seen.
With so much racing around the South East Queensland corner on Saturday and with top trainers and jockeys at the metropolitan meeting at Doomben, there was an opportunity for other trainers and jockeys to star at Ipswich.
The win by Hot Hypnosis was a clear example. Sunshine Coast trainer Gary Duncan collected a winning double and apprentice Rick Johnston-Bell snared his second career win at Ipswich.
Rick Johnston-Bell, who is still a three kilogram claiming apprentice, was having his first ride at Ipswich for a few months.
The win on Hot Hypnosis was the second for the season at Ipswich for this fledgling apprentice.
He guided Apple Jack to victory in September giving him a great strike rate this season of 50% from just four rides.
He had three unsuccessful rides last season at Ipswich.
His overall career win rate is on the increase and currently stands at around 9%.
Duncan had just two starters for the day at Ipswich and Hot Hypnosis’ win added to the earlier win of Coley to give him a perfect return for the day.
Duncan has had just three winners at Ipswich in the past 12 months and two of those came on Saturday.
The Duncan/Johnston-Bell partnership made it a weekend to remember on Sunday when the pair combined again with the win of Surface Tension at the Sunshine Coast, again giving Duncan a 100% return as his only runner at that track.
Other winning trainers from Saturday to not often be seen at Ipswich included fellow Sunshine Coast trainer Cheyne Morphy with Hangover Too and Gatton trainer Brenton Andrew with Roxy Rhythm.
Rare jockey doubles
AS well as rarely seen trainers winning at Ipswich on Saturday, there were a couple of jockey winning doubles for riders, neither of whom are in the top 15 on the table for the current season.
Geoffrey Goold picked up wins aboard Coley for Gary Duncan and Revaldor, for Eagle Farm trainer Bruce Brown.
Luke Rolls also won aboard Laurinoor for Rex Lipp and Roxy Rhythm for Brenton Andrew.
Christmas spirit at track
THERE was a real festive feel to the meeting on Saturday at Ipswich as more than 2000 people attended the course during the day.
The addition of Handmade Expo Markets to a race day was again a big success. These markets were a strong drawcard just a week prior to Christmas.
Mild weather, entertainment for the kids, the steam train on show at the front entrance, the markets, and quality racing all combined to create a terrific atmosphere at the historic Bundamba site.
The festivities did not stop on Saturday.
This week’s meeting is on Christmas Eve (Thursday) when Santa is expected to make an appearance as is traditional at Ipswich to start the last race of the day.
The final meeting for 2015 is next Wednesday.
Ipswich racing in the New Year commences on Saturday, January 9.
Management and staff at the ITC wish a Merry Christmas to all members, guests, patrons and to the wider Ipswich community.
We look forward to another year of Ipswich racing in 2016.