Dandy double for rising Maija

LOVING IPSWICH: Maija Vance and Robert’s Command return to the winner’s enclosure at Ipswich on Friday.
LOVING IPSWICH: Maija Vance and Robert’s Command return to the winner’s enclosure at Ipswich on Friday. David Nielsen

APPRENTICE female jockey Maija Vance rode a winning double at Ipswich on Friday to continue her rise through the riding ranks.

Robert's Command was the first of the winning double in the third race of the day.

Despite running last at Warwick at its previous start, Robert's Command showed an affinity for the Ipswich surface where the four-year-old has now won twice and placed five times from nine starts.

Trained in Toowoomba by Tom Dougall, Robert's Command has five career wins and five minor placings from 20 career starts and has accumulated handy career earnings of $125,000.

The second of the double for Vance was in the last race of the day as she guided home Dandy Fine for Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan.

These were the only two rides for the day for the rising talent to give her a 100 percent winning record on a memorable day.

There was also a riding double of wins for last season's premier jockey Michael Cahill.

Cahill won the first and seventh races of the day aboard the Tony Sears trained I Am Boss and the Bryan Guy trained Lullaby Lady.

These wins moved Cahill to within one of the current leader Tim Bell, who did not ride at Ipswich on Friday.

It was the fourth straight meeting Bryan Guy collected an Ipswich winner and last year's premier trainer at Ipswich went to seven season wins, just one off the lead.

The leaders of the bunching Trainer's Premiership are Robert Heathcote; Tony Sears, after Sears' two-year-old colt I Am Boss won; and Kelly Schweida, who won the fifth race with the Chris Munce ridden Romba Tom.

Other trainers in second place on seven wins alongside Bryan Guy are Gillian Heinrich, Barry Baldwin, and Matthew Dunn.


Ron's Relief

IPSWICH based trainer Ron Drysdale was the happiest and most relieved man on course on Friday at Ipswich after his galloper Portland Puzzle won the fifth race of the day.

Ridden by apprentice Michael McKenzie, this six-year-old gelding collected his maiden win at his fourteenth career start to result in some elated connections.

Ron Drysdale has called Ipswich home for the past twelve months after moving to Bundamba, which he rates a top quality training facility.

Despite four unplaced career starts at Ipswich, a handy midfield run at Murwillumbah last start and a Kilcoy placing three starts back pointed to some hope for the galloper, despite the $30 odds on offer.

The sire of this galloper is Portland Player who won the 1996 VRC Derby, which gives some hope for Portland Puzzle to succeed over longer distances.

However, for now the Drysdale camp will be just basking in the glory of the maiden win for the stable favourite.


Member's Day

THE annual Member's Day is on again this week as the ITC thanks members for attending or apologising for the Annual General Meeting, which was held in September.

Again there are over 100 nominations for the meeting on Friday, showing the continuing willingness of trainers to race at the Bundamba facility.

A number of memorial race names are also to be held this week as the countdown to a break in racing commences.

Only two more meetings after this week will be conducted on Fridays - January 31 and February 7, prior to track renovations, which will see the racing track out of action until the first meeting back on April 23.

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