Turf Chat: Ipswich warming up for spring
ONLY 59 runners across seven races on Friday at Ipswich started the build-up of spring racing for the Bundamba track.
The well-bred galloper World Series collected his second career win for Ipswich trainer Ron Drysdale giving the Redoute’s Choice gelding a record of 10 times in the money from 37 starts.
There is a break from racing this week at Ipswich followed by Wednesday meetings on September 16 and 23.
From there the spring hots up at Ipswich with five meetings in each of October and November kicking off with Labour Day on Monday, October 5.
This date is traditionally the second largest of meetings across the year at Ipswich. A free family day, along with a car giveaway, should ensure the 2015 edition is no exception.
Legend laid to rest
THE funeral of master trainer Bart Cummings was conducted yesterday as the Sport of Kings farewelled a legend of racing.
The record of 12 Melbourne Cup wins, included in 268 Group 1 career wins by the man known affectionately as the “Cups King”, will surely never be equalled.
Bart was revered by all who came across him over the years and he will be sadly missed and never forgotten by Australian racing and sport in general.
The Ipswich Cup win by Lloyd Boy in 1978 ensured that Ipswich is on the record of Cummings’ victories as are most points across Australia. The passing of this Hall of Fame trainer is a great loss to racing and is the end of an era.
Melbourne Cup focus
IT is a sure sign that the Spring Carnival is upon us when Melbourne Cup nominations are released.
Over 140 nominations have been received for the great race with nearly a quarter of those being international entries.
Protectionist, the 2015 winner, is among nominations as is Pop ‘n’ Scotch, the 2015 QT Provincial Cup winner at Ipswich.
There were no Group 1 races in Australia over the weekend although there were high quality gallopers in the southern states, including a Group 1 performance from exciting sprinter Chautauqua who brilliantly won the Group 2 McEwan Stakes at Moonee Valley. This performance showed that he will be hard to beat in any sprint race in which he competes across the spring.
This weekend the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington and the Golden Rose for three-year-olds at Rosehill are the two state Group 1 events to be contested.
Exciting colt Exosphere is favourite for the Rose after his dominant win in the lead-up race.