Apprentice enjoys super thrill at Ipswich
APPRENTICE jockey Brooke Stower captured her 10th win of the season at Ipswich on Friday in the first race of the day.
Stower rode Love A Rose for Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida to move her to double figure wins as we near the end of the season.
It was only the second career start for Love A Rose after an unplaced run at Doomben in June.
The two-year-old filly was at $7 and the win was somewhat of an upset as she clearly relished the conditions at Ipswich over the 800 metre scamper.
Love A Rose should win a few more races based on this effort.
Schweida would be hoping she can show something like his star mare Miss Cover Girl who a few weeks ago won the Group 1 Tatts Tiara.
Another Brooke rode the second placegetter in the race. Fellow apprentice Brooke Ainsworth was aboard Hidden Light for trainer Bruce Hill.
Hidden Light was an odds on favourite for this class 3 two-year-old race after winning her previous two starts at the Gold Coast and Doomben. However Brooke Ainsworth, whose well-respected father Ted sadly passed recently, was unable to hold off the finishing run of Stower's mount at the finish.
Winners from around SEQ
THE first race at Ipswich on Friday started a meeting of seven races with unusually seven individual winning trainers and jockeys from all points of South East Queensland.
Kelly Schweida was the only Brisbane based winner on Friday while Toowoomba was the most successful region with three winners.
Redsera was the first from the range for trainer Rex Lipp and jockey Luke Dittman.
Next came odds on favourite Isis Magic for trainer Ben Currie and apprentice Josh Oliver.
In the final race of the day, trainer Michael Nolan and jockey Skye Bogenhuber were successful with French Concession.
There were also sole winners from Warwick and each of the coasts.
The Warwick winner was Drum Master for Les Clarke and was ridden Robbie Fradd.
After running 11th of 14 at the Gold Coast at his only previous career start a couple of weeks earlier in a two year old maiden, this galloper was a $21 longshot to win stepping up to open age maiden class.
Gold Coast was represented by Steal a Diamond who is trained by Fred Adams and was ridden by Glen Colless.
The Sunshine Coast winner was the short price favourite Precision Strike for trainer Paul Jenkins and jockey Jim Byrne.
Byrne closes on title
THE win aboard Precision Strike was the 30th of the season for six-time Ipswich Premier jockey Jim Byrne.
This victory moved Byrne to within one win of season-long premiership leader Tegan Harrison after the best return she could manage on Friday was two close seconds aboard World Class and Jazzy Ruler.
With just two meetings remaining to complete the season at Ipswich, the jockey's race will come down to the wire.
Byrne is chasing his seventh premiership win as Harrison strives to become the first female Premier Jockey at Ipswich in the 150th anniversary year of the oldest known Ipswich Cup.
All eyes will be on these two riders over the next two July Fridays at Ipswich as the title is determined.