Turf Chat: World Series on track in Ipswich
INCLUDING tomorrow’s program, there are two Wednesday meetings left at Ipswich prior to the Labour Day meeting on October 5.
There is a full eight race card tomorrow although most of the races are light on with only 83 acceptors across the card including 19 acceptors in one race alone – the 1200 metre fillies and mares maiden.
An interesting runner is World Series, who is trained locally by Ron Drysdale.
This seven-year-old Redoute’s Choice gelding had not won at his past 21 starts before winning at Ipswich a fortnight ago.
It is Wednesday racing again next week as the club’s Annual General Meeting is conducted prior to the race day.
The Ipswich Grammar School Football Community is also trackside for the 10th consecutive year enjoying a fundraiser for their students European Football tour in a few months.
There is a break from racing then at Ipswich prior to the next meeting on October 5.
The Labour Day meeting is traditionally the second largest attendance for the year at the ITC.
This year will be no different as the normal free entry and free fairground will be combined with a car giveaway on the day to a lucky patron as the CFMEU Miner’s Cup is contested celebrating Ipswich’s rich mining heritage in the 100 year anniversary of the Miner’s Union Federation.
After the public holiday Labour Day meeting on October 5, there is racing at Ipswich every week through until the new year, including three Fridays in October, seven Wednesdays, two Thursdays (VRC Oaks Day and Christmas Eve), and a newly introduced Saturday fixture on December 19.
Racing at Ipswich in the new year commences with another Saturday as the secondary Queensland meeting behind the Magic Millions Day at the Gold Coast on January 9.
THE second weekend of September is a long way from the Melbourne Cup, however there was high quality Group 1 racing on show at Rosehill in Sydney and Flemington in Melbourne on the weekend.
In Sydney, the Group 1 Golden Rose was taken out brilliantly by the favourite Exosphere. In the process, this exciting colt firmed to favouritism for the Caulfield Guineas in three weeks.
Exosphere, who is by Lonhro and weighs in at a massive 600kg with some growing still to be done, is capturing the imagination of racing followers as he tries to emulate his sire – the winner of 10 Group 1 races in a sterling career.
In Melbourne, the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes was taken out by eight-year-old gelding Fawkner. His win resulted in favouritism for the Cox Plate on October 24, the race in which Irish galloper Adelaide relegated him into second placing last year.
The Makybe Diva win was the third Group 1 title for Fawkner after the Caulfield Cup in 2013 and the Caulfield Stakes last year. The Caulfield Stakes would be the next run for Fawkner followed by the Cox Plate if he follows the same program as last Spring.
Fawkner defeated New Zealand mare Rising Romance who firmed in betting for the big Cups and is now second favourite for the Caulfield Cup, a race in which she ran second in 2014 to Japanese import Admire Rakti.
With seven weeks remaining until the Melbourne Cup, the big firmer for the race that stops a nation was Irish St Leger winner Order of St George whose 11 length win in the Group 1 race pushed this highly talented stayer into third favourite for the Cup behind Japanese galloper Fame Game and the French trained Max Dynamite.
A brilliant winner on Saturday was Queensland Oaks winner Winx who rattled off a superb last to first finish in the straight in the Group 2 Theo Marks at Rosehill.
Winx became another to firm to favouritism in an upcoming Group 1 race being the Epsom Handicap on October 3, the final day of the Sydney Spring Carnival.