One Lion roars as young trainer scores at Ipswich

Brett Kitching
Brett Kitching

YOU could not wipe the smile off the face of young Beaudesert trainer Leena Weston when her galloper One Lion won the second race at Ipswich last Friday.

One Lion is a three-year-old filly who was having her second race start when collecting her trainer's first career win at Ipswich.

One Lion was ridden by Jim Byrne who rode the filly as requested by the trainer.

Leena later explained that One Lion is a highly-strung filly and she requested that jockey Byrne try to keep the filly as calm as possible before jumping. This was especially needed as One Lion blew the start after getting too wound up at her only other race when last of 12, beaten 13 lengths at the Gold Coast in May.

One Lion is by All Bar One out of a Lion Hunter mare, Miss Millihunter, hence the name.

All Bar One unfortunately passed away earlier this year after a short breeding career which followed a successful racing career when trained by Gillian Heinrich on the Gold Coast.

Speaking of Gillian Heinrich, the Heinrich stable hit the front of the Ipswich Trainers Premiership ladder last Friday, courtesy of a win by Red Hot Hussler in the Class 3 1200 metre race.

Ridden by Matthew Palmer, Red Hot Hussler made it two wins from four starts at Ipswich and three career wins from 16 starts with his win.

Red Hot Hussler is well named, being by Hussonet out of Element of Fire.

Tegan tops

TEGAN Harrison has outridden her apprentice claim but trainers are still keen to give her rides despite no claim.

Last Friday at Ipswich it was clear why Tegan is getting rides as she rode another double of winners - this time on top weights for whom the trainers decided not to choose a claiming apprentice or a seasoned senior jockey.

The first win was aboard top weight Bundy for trainer John Holcombe.

Five-year-old gelding Bundy was favourite and got home under Harrison's urgings to claim just his second win at his 18th career start.

It was then onto the last race of the day and apprentice Harrison was aboard Kent Fleming's top weight and former New Zealander - Nuits St George.

Despite carrying 59kg and drawing barrier 10 from the tricky 1666 metres start, Nuits St George gave Harrison her fifth win for the season at Ipswich to continue her superb season.

After collecting the Ipswich Apprentice Jockey Premiership last season, Harrison would be a good chance to become the first female Ipswich Premier Jockey ever if she can maintain her current form for the entire season.

Byrne leads way

JOCKEY Jim Byrne rode the first two winners at Ipswich last Friday to move two wins clear of the field on the current season's Jockey's Premiership ladder.

Byrne's ninth winner for the season was Hollywood Princess for trainer Les Ross in the first race of the day.

Hollywood Princess is a three-year-old filly who had her maiden win as equal favourite despite five previous unplaced starts. Byrne's 10th winner of the season was aboard One Lion.

Ric McMahon moved into a clear second position on the jockey's ladder with eight wins after he piloted Red Hot Dazzler home in the third event for trainer Darren Bell.

McMahon is a former Ipswich Apprentice Jockey Premiership winner and is enjoying a good season.

Western focus

THE running of the Railway Stakes and Winterbottom Stakes in Perth this weekend will leave just the Kingston Town Classic on December 8 to complete Australian Group 1 racing for this calendar year.

The 2011 Railway Stakes winner Luckygray is favourite for Saturday's Railway despite a top weight of 58kg.

He returned to racing brilliantly last week though Victorian galloper Fawkner, who ran a close second in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington should be hard to beat if he travels well.

Barakey will be favourite for the Winterbottom and is looking to make it 10 wins from 10 starts.

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