Box one draw puts smile on Ipswich owner’s face
"LUCKY'' Len Antonio just sat back and smiled.
The box draw for tomorrow night's final of the Vince Curry Memorial Maiden was conducted at the Ipswich Showgrounds track after the running of four semi- finals last Saturday.
Antonio's $30,000 purchase Thirty Talks won his heat with an explosive beginning from box five.
For the grand final box draw, connections of each runner were invited to select a miniature trophy, underneath which was a number representing their box draw.
Up stepped person after person and nobody selected box one.
With two trophies left it was Antonio's turn.
He confidently strode up and without hesitation, selected the trophy on which he had been focused all along.
You guessed it, Antonio's choice landed him box one.
The trophy which Antonio rejected was for box number six which then went to Barry Kitchener's Zabdon Ferrari.
Thirty Talks, trained by Tony Brett, ran 30.48 in his semi-final win.
Paua to Avoid, also trained by Brett, was the fastest of the four semi winners in 30.28.
Brett is training Paua to Avoid for this series for David Jones of Wagga Wagga.
The 30.53 winner Cavalcade is being trained by Greg Stella for Victoria's Glenn Rounds.
Jack's Black for Cliff Houston won in 30.92.
Tony Brett qualified for the final with Split Image who finished second to Jack's Black.
While some records from the early years of the Vince Curry series in the 1980s are a little sketchy, it appears as though Brett might be the first trainer to have three runners in a final of this race.
It's one of the few group races in Queensland that he hasn't won.
His late father Dave won with Doover Lacky back in 1998.
Ubet has framed a betting market which has Paua to Avoid at $2.25 and Thirty Talks at $2.50.
"There has been a steady stream of bets for both of them at those prices, so I guess that means we got it right when we framed the market,'' Ubet's Gerard Daffy said.
RESULTS of the Vince Curry over the past 12 years reveal that it's not a good race in which to be backing the favourite.
Only two have won - Steve Lennon's Dance a Jig in 2011 and Sarah Pringle's Vizcaya in 2005.
Last year's winner Heidi Benz for Geoff Uhrhane was at odds of $7.50.
The short-priced favourite Clash of Kings finished fifth.
Of the past 12 winners, seven have been females and five males.
There are five females or bitches in tomorrow night's final.
They are Lucky Sally, Split Image, Cavalcade, Sukhoi and Power to Avoid.
Box three has been the most successful in the past 12 years with three wins. There have been two winners from each of boxes one, four and eight.
Boxes two, five and seven have produced one winner each. There has not been a winner from box six.
It's not an easy task to go through the three rounds of the series undefeated.
Last year's winner Heidi Benz won the final after finishing second in a semi-final.
It was the same in 2014 with Jungle Junction.
The runners in tomorrow night's race who won their heat and semi final and are trying to buck the trend by going through undefeated are Thirty Talks, Cavalcade and Paua to Avoid.
The first race tomorrow night is at 6.04pm with the Vince Curry final set for 8.31pm.
THE 2015 Ipswich premiership winners will be acknowledged at tomorrow night's race meeting.
They are trainers Col Byers and Amy O'Reilly, owner Bob Essex and greyhound of the year Fashion Advice trained by Di Hannon.
Three races are named after racehorses Tulloch, Bay Legend and Half Scotch.
One of Vince Curry's best remembered race calls was when Tulloch lumped the huge weight of 63kg to victory in the 1961 Brisbane Cup.
The last feature race that Curry called was the 1982 Queensland Cup at Eagle Farm, won by the Pat Duff trained Bay Legend. Curry died in February, 1983, aged 54.
He was part owner of Half Scotch with some friends and the horse gave them some great thrills, making it through to open class in Brisbane and winning a sprint race at Royal Randwick in Sydney.
Consider this: Every day may not be good . . . but there's something good in every day.