Ipswich warm-up for Magic Millions glory

SPOTLIGHT: Silent Actress smashes the field in the Ray White Ipswich Maiden Plate at the Ipswich Race course last Friday afternoon.
SPOTLIGHT: Silent Actress smashes the field in the Ray White Ipswich Maiden Plate at the Ipswich Race course last Friday afternoon. Rob Williams

GOLD Coast-based jockey Michael Cahill had a huge day at his home track on Saturday as he captured the Magic Millions $2 million race for two-year-olds with the Kelso Wood-trained filly Real Surreal.

The win meant it was a Queensland bred, owned, and trained victory after Real Surreal was passed in at the 2012 sales and ended up with Brisbane-based Wood.

Real Surreal made up for the disappointment of trainer Wood's galloper Sizzling being unluckily defeated into second place in the prior race, the $1m Magic Millions Guineas.

The Guineas had added to his Magic Millions hoodoo after his galloper Prince Regent won the race 25-years-ago but was relegated to second after a hotly disputed protest.

So Cahill was thrilled to add a Magic Millions win to his kitbag, which includes Stradbroke and Doomben 10,000 wins.

Cahill warmed up for his big win on Friday at Ipswich, where he collected a double of wins, after fellow jockey Jim Byrne had earlier won on Shesastad to level up with Cahill on the Ipswich Jockeys Premiership ladder.

Cahill's winning double aboard the Lennie Wheeler-trained Romeo Lad and the Gary Duncan- trained Everything's Set moved Cahill to a two-win lead on the ladder, with a total of 15 wins, as we near the halfway point of the season.


Plucky Priscilla's comeback continues

MICHAEL Cahill would have had a treble of wins at Ipswich last Friday if not for the comeback win by Priscilla Schmidt aboard Silent Actress in the second race of the day.

Cahill finished second on Bryan Guy's Court Habit as Schmidt capped off her comeback to riding with a win on a horse trained by her father Dwayne Schmidt at Eagle Farm.

It was the first win for Priscilla at Ipswich for more than 12 months as she continues her riding comeback from terrible falls, firstly at Doomben in November 2011, when she suffered two broken leg bones, five broken ribs, and a punctured lung; and secondly in Townsville in mid-2012 when she suffered a broken leg.

The win last Friday was pleasing for all to see Priscilla back in the saddle and winning a race for her father.

It waits to be seen if she can get back to her winning ways of late 2011 when she was sitting atop the Ipswich Apprentice Jockeys Premiership with a clear lead.

After Priscilla's initial fall, Tegan Harrison gained the spotlight, going on to win the 2011-12 Ipswich Apprentices Premiership and continuing her strong form into the current season.

The other jockey who suffered badly in the same Doomben fall as Priscilla Schmidt was Larry Cassidy, who also had a good day at Ipswich last Friday, winning a double on Man of Merit for trainer Steele Ryan and Ritzy's Boy for trainer Bryan Guy.

This win for trainer Guy took him to seven for the season, one behind Murwillumbah-based Matt Dunn, who was not at Ipswich last Friday, preferring to race near his home base at meetings at Ballina last Friday, Gold Coast last Saturday and Murwillumbah yesterday.


Black Caviar back on track

THE good news is that Black Caviar has gained 70 kg since her 22nd consecutive win at Royal Ascot in June.

The bad news is that she is considered by some to be well overweight at this stage.

However, trainer Peter Moody appears unconcerned as the 610kg of the champion mare is only 30kg above her normal racing weight, from which she shed 40kg prior to racing at Royal Ascot.

It is a fact that makes that 22nd win look a lot better.

The plan for the super mare is to race in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington before possibly racing in Sydney and then Brisbane where her racing career would be completed.

This could possibly end up as a boon for Ipswich as there is a chance of parading the mare at the ITC on Ipswich Cup Day among other carnival meetings as she winters in the north prior to the spring breeding season.


Australia Day weekend meetings at Ipswich

THE Ipswich Turf Club races twice on the Australia Day long weekend with a normal Friday meeting on January 25 and the Family Funday Sunday, celebrating the Australia Day weekend on January 27.

Free family entry and free children's entertainment on the Sunday combine with Australia Day food such as lamb and gravy rolls and the new extensive beverages range to offer an opportunity for all to celebrate Australia Day with a relaxing day at the races.

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