South Australia's Bogie King seeks City of Ipswich Gold Cup
IPSWICH is, in many ways, similar to the South Australian town of Gawler.
Gawler is some 40km from the centre of Adelaide, the same distance that Ipswich is from Brisbane central.
Both have a greyhound track that races twice a week.
A Gawler Cup winner has never contested a City of Ipswich Gold Cup.
But that's about to change.
Bogie King, owned by Les Bein and Ryan Ayre and trained by Ayre, won last Sunday's $25,000 winner's cheque at the Gawler Gold Cup. It was a case of a quick return to Queensland to line up at Ipswich tonight in a heat of this city's Gold Cup, worth the same money.
Dual Derby winner Bogie King produced one of the best runs of his impressive career to win the Gawler Cup, running down talented local performer Aston Thomas.
"He came to the outside of Aston Thomas and drew clear to win nicely," Bein said.
"The time of 30.55 was good considering the track had been quite heavily watered before the race."
Bein and Ayre also had recent Lismore Cup placegetter Bogie Magic in the Gawler Cup, drawn box two.
"There was a general tightening among the runners drawn in close when Aston Thomas and Bogie King came out humming from their outside draws," Bein said.
"Bogie Magic's run to finish fourth was pleasing enough and she's back for the Ipswich Cup too."
Bein and Ayre combined to win the 2008 City of Ipswich Gold Cup with Bogie Blue.
There were a total of 54 nominations for the group 3 City of Ipswich Gold Cup and there are seven heats tonight.
Ipswich club gains metropolitan Thursday night status three times a year for its Gold Cup, Magical Auction series and the Vince Curry Memorial Maiden.
Last year's Ipswich Cup winner, Cold Fusion, is back again for another tilt.
Only one greyhound, Haylewie Miss, trained by Sid Lewis at Peak Crossing, has won two Ipswich Cups since the Showgrounds track opened in 1982. Her wins were in 1991 and 1992.
Trainer Neil Falls journeyed from Casino in northern New South Wales to Ipswich last week with Cold Fusion. The dog led all the way from box one to win a free for all in 30.67. Cold Fusion has box seven in heat one tonight.
Ryan Ayre has four runners in tonight's heats. Bogie King's Gawler Cup win wasn't the only recent highlight for Ayre. The trainer has had an amazing 11 winners from his past 13 starters. They include Kenso Karoo, who clocked a sizzling 29.79 winning at Albion Park last Sunday. Kenso Karoo has box six in heat five tonight.
Last week's impressive Molly Campbell Silver Dollars winner at Albion Park, Potsdam, returns to Ipswich where his form is outstanding. He has box four in heat four.
Lowood-based trainer Barry Morris has never won the Ipswich Cup, not that he has had many runners.
The trainer has Union Dues drawn box four in heat two.
"I know he's a fifth grader and he's drawn against Bogie King. But he's a good honest dog and owner Col Bell loves having runners in the big races at Ipswich where he lives," Morris said.