Win All Natural for Hannah
APPRENTICE jockey Hannah English notched up her first win at Ipswich in the current season with a win aboard All Natural for trainer Darren Bell at last Friday’s meeting.
It was a late pick-up ride for the young apprentice and only her second ride for trainer Bell.
The 2.5 kilogram claim for Hannah English may have made the difference as she replaced fellow apprentice Tiffany Brooker who only has a 1.5 kilogram claim.
Brooker had been the regular rider of five-year-old-mare All Natural having won twice on her at Ipswich from five previous career starts.
The record is now three wins, all at Ipswich from six career starts for this promising mare who trainer Darren Bell would be keen to return to Ipswich with given the strong record.
English has only collected a handful of provincial wins although it is now two at Ipswich after winning aboard Daddy Long Legs back in April.
After riding for just over a year, she has 47 wins at a handy 15% strike rate with most of these wins having been on the country non-tab circuit as a fledgling apprentice.
Murphy’s double bettered by Byrne
FORMER Irish apprentice Michael Murphy rode a double before premier Ipswich jockey Jim Byrne went one better to make a statement last week.
Murphy won aboard Captain Dodge for his master trainer Chris Munce and made it a race to race double aboard Gothic Might for Tim Hurley in the next. This double moved Murphy to five season wins at Ipswich just five weeks into the 2016-17 year.
However Byrne showed he is not finished with winning Ipswich Premierships and went back to the premiership lead of six wins by collecting a winning treble.
Byrne won aboard How Big’s The Hole for Chris Anderson, Our Girl Charlotte for Jared Wehlow, and The Umbrella Man for premier trainer of the past two seasons Tony Gollan.
This win kept Gollan at the top of the current season trainer’s list with five wins to date.
Rosehill course improvements
NSW racecourse Rosehill will this week unveil a new grandstand after an injection of infrastructure funds into the facilities.
This is the latest site to do so following improvements across the country at various locations over the past decade.
This infrastructure unveiling highlighted the plight of the Bundamba facility described during chairman Wayne Patch’s address at the ITC Annual General Meeting last Friday prior to the race meeting.
Chairman Patch again explained how the Ipswich Racetrack is the only TAB thoroughbred club in the state to not be acknowledged in the Queensland infrastructure program and how it has been a quarter of a century since any funding was provided at all for the historic Bundamba-based club.
Members unanimously agreed to highlight this plight to the State Government and to Racing Queensland and to ask for a fair go for Ipswich Racing.
Group 1 excitement starts to build
GROUP 1 racing returns this weekend as the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington in Victoria and the Golden Rose for three year olds at Rosehill in NSW are contested.
The highlight of top class racing on the weekend was the scintillating win of Hartnell in the Chelmsford Stakes by a big margin.
Despite being easily beaten by superstar Winx a fortnight earlier, Hartnell showed he will be favoured in a number of Group 1 races this spring seemingly having returned to his brilliant form of 12 months ago.
Short break for Ipswich racing
THE Ipswich Racetrack has a fortnight off racing before resuming on Friday, September 16.
Other September meetings are Friday 23rd and Wednesday 28th.