Turf Chat: Winning double provides tonic for speedy recovery
MURWILLUMBAH trainer Matt Dunn collected a winning double at Ipswich on Friday, which hopefully helps him along in his recovery after a recent injury.
Dunn was kicked in the head by one of his charges at track work recently. He is still recovering from nasty injuries including facial lacerations along with multiple skull and cheek fractures.
The Dunn stable winners on Friday were Conniving and Red Bowers. They were the only two entrants for the stable on the day.
It was the first career start for three-year-old filly Conniving although four-year-old gelding Red Bowers was having his 15th career start.
Red Bowers has won three times at Ipswich with two seconds from his seven starts at the track showing that he is somewhat of a track specialist.
Both of the Dunn stable winners were ridden by former South African Jeff Lloyd, who is now the Ipswich Jockey’s Premiership leader.
Lloyd moved to seven season wins, which is one ahead of Tegan Harrison, Alannah Fancourt and Jim Orman, who rode another winner on Friday aboard Angel of Liberty for Ipswich based trainer Allen Knack.
It was the first career win at her 14th start for this four-year-old mare, who had previously raced four times at Ipswich without placing. That explains the $20 winning price of Angel of Liberty.
Major market movers
FIVE Group 1 races were contested over a huge weekend of racing and the result was a major reshuffle of markets for the Group 1 features of the upcoming final four weeks of the Melbourne Spring Carnival.
This weekend it is the start of the big races with the running of the Caulfield Cup. The new favourite is New Zealander Mongolian Khan.
His third to Criterion in the Caulfield Stakes on Saturday was a super run. The extra distance of the Caulfield Cup will suit Mongolian Khan perfectly.
Both Mongolian Khan and Criterion also firmed in Melbourne Cup betting as well, although the major target for Criterion would appear to be the Cox Plate in which he is now equal favourite with Winx.
The winner of the Thousand Guineas Group 1 was Stay With Me who emulated her dam Miss Finland.
This filly firmed for the VRC Oaks although she is no good thing to actually target that race according to trainer David Hayes.
The male three-year-old, who firmed for the VRC Derby in three weeks, was Sydneysider Vanbrugh. Despite striking trouble in the running, Vanbrugh was too good for rivals in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes. Vanbrugh’s Derby quote halved as he moved to $4.60 favourite.
The remaining Group 1 races were won by gallopers targeting those as Press Statement won the Caulfield Guineas and Lucky Hussler won the Toorak Handicap.
A Melbourne Cup market mover on the weekend was Irish import Amralah who stayed strongly winning the Group 2 Herbert Power Handicap.
In the process, Amralah firmed from $41 to $14 third favourite for the Melbourne Cup.
Japanese star Fame Game, who is reportedly thriving in Australia, remains favourite for the Melbourne Cup. Fame Game is second favourite for the Caulfield Cup this weekend at his first Australian start. Connections believe that Fame Game will be better suited at the longer distance of the Melbourne Cup although he is expected to race well on Saturday.
THERE has been a change to the original schedule for next week at Ipswich.
While there is racing on Friday as planned, next week’s meeting has been moved to Wednesday. Accordingly this week’s meeting is the last Friday date until late January as Ipswich races predominantly Wednesdays to again cover for the continued Eagle Farm outage.
A new expected return date for Queensland’s primary track is Queensland Oaks Day on June 4.