Bizarre events at Ipswich
TOOWOOMBA trainer Michael Nolan has a great strike rate when he ventures down the range to the Ipswich race track.
It started off that way last Friday when the first of his two runners Red Hot De Lago won the opening race of the day in smart fashion.
His second runner was Masakari in the fifth of the day - a race which kept the stewards busy for a couple of reasons.
Firstly, there was severe interference after 100 metres had been run of the 1100 metre race.
The result of this interference was that Terry Treichel (aboard Navy Chic) was forced on to the running rail for a period of about 50 metres.
Despite a portion of the rail support snapping and being seen flying in the air, all gallopers and jockeys were safe and sound in what was a great advertisement for plastic running rails.
The plastic running rail was installed by Racing Queensland last season as a safer option than fixed metal rails.
The incident showed the benefit of the flexible plastic rails which were repaired by the grounds staff within 15 minutes after the race.
Masakari was involved in the incident but recovered to finish the race in third placing.
However, there was somewhat of a sensation when the five-year-old gelding was declared underweight by one kilogram and consequently disqualified from the race.
It turned out that a cloth which was included in the weighing out was inadvertently left out of the gear when saddling Masikari and hence the jockey weighed in underweight. This unusual occurrence left ITC member Colin Dorber scratching around for a torn up ticket for a first four on the race - a winning ticket after the disqualification of the top weight.
Fortunately the ticket pieces were found, sticky taped back together by the ITC staff, and the winning payout in excess of $1000 was made.
AFTER being presented with his trophy for winning the Ipswich Jockey's Premiership for the 2012-13 season, Michael Cahill came out and rode a winning double last Friday.
His Ipswich double of wins aboard Ardrova and Samaxamia moved Cahill clear on the current ladder with five wins after the first month of the new season.
Cahill won the Ipswich Premiership last season. He also topped the Brisbane and Queensland lists and equalled Sydney jockey Nash Rawiller with the most wins by a jockey across Australia.
Cahill collected his latest winning double from just three rides. His other Ipswich mount was Don't Tell Cyril who was favourite but finished out of a place in the sixth race behind Barry Baldwin's Banchory Lass.
This win was Baldwin's third in the first month of the season to place him one clear at the top of the trainer's ladder.
Jewel for the spring
ADELAIDE trainer Mark Kavanagh put his hand up for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival on Saturday.
His brilliant undefeated mare Atlantic Jewel won her eighth consecutive race and third Group 1 in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.
Atlantic Jewel was first up after a 70-week injury enforced layoff.
The scintillating style of her victory gave promise of much more to come.
Kavanagh dominated a few years back with the likes of Shocking, Whobegotyou and Maldivian.
Australian Cup 2013 winner Super Cool also ran third in the Memsie to leave Kavanagh licking his chops at the stable's prospects for this year's carnival.
Another impressive first-up performer on Saturday was Samaready who resumed after a year off the scene to easily win the Group 3 Heath Stakes.
Atlantic Jewel and Samaready join Puissance de Lune as horses to follow as the carnival progresses.