Wide Ipswich draw fails to halt Lloyd’s Victory Parade
GOLD Coast trained Victory Parade showed that it is possible to win from wide draws when taking out her maiden race at Bundamba last Friday.
Victory Parade, trained by Toby Edmonds, was drawn in gate 10 over the 1200 metres course.
The relatively tight and turning Bundamba circuit is known as a difficult track to win on when drawn a wide gate. However former South African and international globetrotting jockey Jeff Lloyd guided the four-year-old mare to her maiden victory at her sixth race start.
At her previous run, Victory Parade came from a similar gate over 1100 metres at Ipswich with Jeff Lloyd in the saddle when a close second behind Childhood Secret on August 12.
That run was good enough for punters to elect Victory Parade as the $2.40 favourite on Friday. She duly saluted, despite the wide draw.
BEAUDESERT has a strong thoroughbred racing community and winners from that region are often seen at Ipswich.
On Friday, there were two Beaudesert winners in the first two races of the day as the region got the cash early.
Apprentice Michael Murphy capitalised on the absence of engaged rider and fellow apprentice Stephanie Lacy who became unavailable on Friday.
Lacy’s misfortune was Murphy’s gain as he collected a rare winning double in the first two races of the day.
The Beaudesert winners were the Diane Murphy trained Cashinko and the Greg Cornish trained Life’s Like That.
Cashinko claimed his fifth career win despite surprisingly having four previous unplaced runs at Ipswich.
Life’s Like That made it a fourth career win however also a first at Ipswich despite three previous attempts.
All the best Anne
AFTER more than two decades as the course betting fluctuations voice at Ipswich, highly respected operator Anne Kelley has called it a day at the Bundamba facility.
All fellow staff at the Ipswich Turf Club wish Anne all the best after enjoying her companionship for many years.
This resignation is a sign that the on-course fluctuations process is getting close to a change from that which has been in place for a couple of decades.
Such a move was foreshadowed when no fluctuations were available in February. The process is expected to change within the next few months.
Queensland Racing Integrity Commission officers are responsible for determining the overall process of fluctuations in future.
Group 1 success
ODDS-On favourite Black Heart Bart collected the Memsie Stakes on Saturday to kick off Group 1 racing for the Spring.
There is now a two week break until the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington and the Golden Rose at Rosehill on September 10.
AGM coming up
THE Ipswich Turf Club AGM is conducted prior to Friday’s race meeting, before a two-week break for the track.
Other September meetings are Fridays 16 and 23, and Wednesday 28th.