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Rain lovers the big winner

BUNDAMBA DOUBLE: Davin Green rode Ervbefel to victory in the Terry Neale Memorial Handicap last Friday as part of a winning double.
BUNDAMBA DOUBLE: Davin Green rode Ervbefel to victory in the Terry Neale Memorial Handicap last Friday as part of a winning double. Claudia Baxter

THE rain from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald wreaked havoc with racing in Queensland over the Australia Day weekend.

The Sunshine Coast Cup meeting on Saturday was badly affected although the club did manage to get six races completed - including the Sunshine Coast Cup.

Racing at Kilcoy on Saturday was abandoned after three races due to the weather and state of the track, and Sunday's Family Funday meeting at Ipswich was abandoned entirely.

Yesterday's planned meeting for Doomben was abandoned as well.

After 25mm of rain on Friday at Bundamba, another 125mm fell up until Sunday morning, giving stewards no option but to abandon racing on the water-logged track.

Another 161mm fell in the 24 hours to 9am at Bundamba yesterday.

 

Ipswich winning double

THE rain held off long enough on Friday to allow completion of the first of the planned race meetings at Ipswich for the weekend.

The meeting finished on a "heavy" (9) surface after being rated "slow" (7) at the start of the day, following 10mm of rain on Thursday night.

It was a great effort from the track staff to maintain the surface throughout the day and after the meeting in preparation for the Sunday meeting, despite that preparation being in vain as the second of the weekend meetings was later cancelled.

The racing at Bundamba on Friday featured a winning double for Ipswich-based trainers with both winners being ridden by Ipswich-based jockey Davin Green.

The first of the two winners was Ervbefel in the first race of the day.

This four-year-old mare is trained by a recent addition to the Ipswich training ranks in Raelene Feil who relocated from Ballina late in 2012.

Ervbefel had two previous wins on dead tracks in Victoria and the rain-affected going appeared to suit the mare well for her third win from 16 starts.

Ervbefel was trained by Michael Kent in Melbourne, where she had her first 10 starts for two wins, prior to be transferred to Ipswich in October, 2012.

Firstly with Allan Doyle and now with Raelene Feil since December, Ervbefel had five starts in Queensland on good tracks with a third at Ipswich in early December being the best return.

The comfortable win on Friday indicates a strong preference for rain-affected tracks for this galloper.

The second of the Ipswich-based winners last Friday was Rouble Rose for trainer Brian Costello.

This three-year-old filly had previously raced on 10 occasions for one placing on a rain-affected track.

Included in those 10 starts were seven unplaced runs at Ipswich so Friday's win was not before time and left the Costello connections well pleased with the filly's win.

 

Bundy loves Ipswich

ANOTHER galloper to relish the wet track on Friday was five-year-old gelding Bundy who is trained at the Sunshine Coast by John Holcombe.

This galloper now has wet track form reading eight starts for two wins and five places amongst career stats of 21 starts for three wins and seven places, indicating a strong preference for wet tracks.

This galloper also enjoys a visit to Ipswich, now having won twice and placed three times from eight starts at the track.

Some on course were commenting how appropriate it was for a horse named Bundy to win at Ipswich in the week that the new beverages range at the course was unveiled - including Bundaberg Rum.



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