Anagold wins Ipswich Cup
GOLD Coast mare Anagold has overcome a long-shot price to win the 2013 Ipswich Cup.
The Bryan Guy-trained horse started as an outsider and paid $41 at race jump.
But a well-orchestrated ride by jockey Tony Pattillo saw the four-year-old drive along the rail to assume the lead and hold on from Kiwi mare High Kin with Za Magic finishing third.
The 2150m race was run under the clear, blue skies of the Bundamba Racetrack, as thousands of punters gathered for the Ipswich Turf Club's premier event.
Pattillo said the win felt sensational and had been "a long time coming."
"I've been out the back blocks sort of doing it tough, riding the Gold Coast races and loving the competition down there," he said.
"But when you're back here on the main stage and mixing it up with the big boys throughout The Winter Carnival, it's definitely a hell of a thrill for me."
When he reached the 700m mark, Pattillo said he knew that he was going really well and just needed to find a way through the field.
"I was a hell of a way further back than Bryan (Guy) really wanted me," he said.
"When I made my choice to go, I had a look out wide and the horses out there weren't going forward into the race.
"And while I thought I was going well, I didn't think I was good enough to get around them.
"So I bit the bullet and came back to the inside and charged up.
"It was one of those things; if the door didn't open I would have gone home and looked like a bit of an idiot.
"But fortunately the door was open and now I've got the Ipswich Cup by my side.
The race was followed by The Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) which saw South Australian sprinter Conservatorium end a frustrating run of second placings.
The Gary Kennewell-trained horse had not won a race in 20 months, with the speedsters last victory at the Listed Durbridge Stakes in Adelaide in October 2011.
But the winning drought officially ended today when the five year old defeated the Brian Smith-trained Meet Georgeby two lengths, with Pellegrini a nose back in third place.
Mr Kennewell said he would consider giving Conservatorium another Queensland start before a break.
Earlier in the day, Owen Glue-trained gelding Handsome Dane ran away with first place in The Queensland Times Provincial Cup.
Mr Glue said the win was a very big deal for him.
"We got beaten by a neck last year and we said that we would be back to win it next year," he said.
"And when I saw him (Handsome Dane) hit the front I knew they wouldn't get past him."
Don't forget to grab Monday's copy of The Queensland Times for full coverage of all the racing action at The Ipswich Cup, complete with our gallery or social pics from the day.