Spotlight on Bastille Knight

EVEN START: Eventual winner Non Dimenticar (number six in pink and black checks) looks for the best run after the start of last Friday’s River City Steel Fabrications Class 1 race over 2180m at Ipswich racetrack.
EVEN START: Eventual winner Non Dimenticar (number six in pink and black checks) looks for the best run after the start of last Friday’s River City Steel Fabrications Class 1 race over 2180m at Ipswich racetrack. Rob Williams

IPSWICH-based Peter Graves had plenty of reason to get excited about the galloper that he part owns.

Bastille Knight won at Ipswich last Friday.

Graves runs the Country Comfort Hotel at Raceview and has had a number of experiences with racehorse ownership over the years.

Bastille Knight is a three-year-old colt who is trained by Kelso Wood at Eagle Farm.

Well ridden by Michael Cahill, Bastille Knight made it consecutive wins after winning at Doomben on Melbourne Cup Day.

Despite a top weight of 58kg and despite racing against seasoned horses, Bastille Knight gave Peter Graves and fellow owners more reason to get excited about the future of their galloper.

It was only the third race start for Bastille Knight.

The quality of the wins on Melbourne Cup Day and last Friday indicated there will be plenty more to come.

Another set of Ipswich owners went close to another city win when Dodging Eddie came from last to finish a narrowly beaten second at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

The Michael Nolan-trained galloper, who is owned by St Edmund's College Old Boys, is getting close to a win over a middle distance in Brisbane Saturday class.

Dunn back in hunt

MURWILLUMBAH-based Matthew Dunn, the winner of the 2012 Ipswich Trainer's Premiership, had his sixth win of the season last Friday to move level with Gillian Heinrich atop the current season Trainer's Premiership ladder.

Jet Ace won the fourth race for Dunn, giving jockey Ric McMahon his ninth winner at Ipswich this season - just one behind jockey ladder leader Jim Byrne.

One of Dunn's winners at Ipswich this season was the impressive The White Line who won easily at Ipswich in October.

The White Line is a striking ghostly grey who is capturing the imagination of many and now has a dedicated Facebook page on him.

After winning at Ipswich in October, The White Line won brilliantly at Doomben on Melbourne Cup Day and again was impressive at Eagle Farm on Saturday for his growing legion of supporters.

Tegan Harrison rode the first winner of the day last Friday to continue her stellar season.

Harrison won for trainer Roger Milne on Papa Gee, in the process pleasing owner Greg Wagner from Toowoomba who again flew in by chopper prior to the first race.

However the Milne/Harrison/Wagner combination managed just one more placing in the next three races despite high hopes for multiple wins for the day.

Emerging star

THE dual Group 1 races of the Railway Stakes and Winterbottom Stakes were contested in Western Australia on Saturday and emerging star Barakey stole the show.

Barakey is a five-year-old gelding and Saturday's win in the Winterbottom extended his undefeated run to 11.

Barakey is not winning with the ease that champion mare Black Caviar has in her career of 22 undefeated starts, but he has kept winning.

Saturday was the first try in a Group 1 field for Barakey and the win has prompted connections to set him for further Group 1 events in the East such as the Newmarket Handicap in the Melbourne Autumn.

It was a double of Group 1 wins for West Australian trained five-year-old geldings as the consistent Mr Moet held off last year's winner Luckgray to win the Railway Stakes.

The final Australian Group 1 race for the current calendar year is the Kingston Town Classic, which will be contested in a fortnight in Perth.

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