Bundamba top venue for variety of winning efforts
TRAINER Tony Crane and jockey Larry Cassidy combined with the Beaudesert-based Omnibus Christus to ensure last Wednesday's winners at Ipswich came from all points around the city.
There were eight individual winning trainers and jockeys, which halted the run of multiple weeks of doubles and trebles.
Winners hailed from Eagle Farm, Deagon, Gold Coast, Murwillumbah, and Toowoomba as well as Beaudesert.
The Gold Coast winner was Italian Storm for trainer Toby Edmonds and jockey Jeff Lloyd and the Toowoomba winner was Mr Alfranco for Kevin Kemp and apprentice Travis Wolfgram.
Matt Dunn flew the flag for Murwillumbah with Royal Occasion and Deagon trainer Trevor White won with Dutch Treat who was ridden by Anthony Merritt.
Brisbane-based winners were Bandit Queen, for Desleigh Forster and Dan Griffin, Not a Singlemoment (for Steve O'Dea and apprentice Bridget Grylls), and Hi I'm Back (for Tony Golland and Tegan Harrison).
Gollan's smart galloper
HI I'm Back was the first winner of the day which gave another Ipswich win to the Tony Gollan/ Tegan Harrison combination.
This duo is fresh in the minds of Ipswich racegoers due to their success in the Ipswich Cup last year when Tegan became the first female jockey to win the time-honoured race.
Gollan noted in his acceptance speech that he had long dreamed of winning the Ipswich Cup as well as the Eyeliner Stakes, which he also won that day with Alma's Fury.
Hi I'm Back showed significant promise last week when the three-year-old gelding was heavily supported in the betting, firming from $3 to start the $1.95 favourite.
The Son of Sequalo never looked in doubt and streeted the rest of the field to win by almost six lengths in a new class record.
The last 600 metres time broke 32 seconds, which is flying. That indicates a promising future for Hi I'm Back.
The win of Hi I'm Back edged Gollan with his 10th win of the season closer to Ipswich Trainer's Premiership leader Matt Dunn, who started the day on 12 wins.
Dunn however restored his margin of three in the last of the day as Michael Cahill guided home Royal Occasion to a strong win.
Fast track at Ipswich
AS well as the scintillating time for Hi I'm Back, there were fast times all day last week on a fast track, which had not received significant rainfall for around two weeks.
There was a second class record, run by Italian Storm in the fillies and mares maiden on a day when the Ipswich course was genuinely fast.
ON Saturday, the running of the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield marks the start of 2015 Group 1 racing in Australia.
The following week is the Lightning Stakes at Flemington prior to the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm on February 28. This is the start of the "Championships" of the Autumn Carnival in Sydney, providing a couple of months of exciting NSW Group 1 racing.
The Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup of $1 million prize money each are the major prizes in Victoria.
In NSW, there is massive prize money with the Doncaster Handicap carrying $3m, the Golden Slipper $3.5m, and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes $4m over the rich carnival in that state.
Exciting sprinters such as Terravista, Deep Field, Lankan Rupee and Chautauqua are all back in work and having their targets set. Staying stars of the Spring - such as Protectionist, Lucia Valentina, and Rising Romance - are aiming for the rich spoils of the autumn.
On completion of the Sydney Championships, the Queensland Winter Carnival starts. It runs through until the Ipswich Cup on June 13 and the Tattersalls Tiara on June 20.