Charlie Boy, what a top run
AFTER being winless for more than 18 months, seven-year-old gelding Charlie Boy scored a great win on Saturday in the City of Ipswich Spring Sprinter's Cup.
Now trained by Tony Gollan, Charlie Boy had 15 winless runs since February 2016 when he took out the Group 3 Liverpool Cup at Royal Randwick.
With Tiff Brooker aboard for the first time in his career, and at his first start at Ipswich, Charlie Boy was able to knuckle down in the final 100 metres.
Charlie Boy just overcame Frespanol, who is part-owned by ITC member Kenny Auld.
The win took Charlie Boy's career earnings to just shy of $900,000, which included Group wins in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, as well as Group 1 placings including the Doomben 10,000 in each of 2015 and 2016.
Charlie Boy has had a string of former trainers including the Snowdens, Ciaron Maher and Gerald Ryan, the latter of whom picked up the only Group 1 race on the weekend with outsider Trapeze Artist in the Golden Rose.
Second placegetter Frespanol was another to have been previously trained by a big name stable in Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.
Brooker's winning ride continued her impressive form after she rode the most important sprint race winner at Ipswich since she won the Eyeliner Stakes with Monsieur Gustave on Ipswich Cup Day in June.
Trainer Gollan gave the entire ITC a huge wrap and especially mentioned the track staff for preparing a surface with the fast edge slightly out of the track, despite the hot, windy and dry conditions of the past month.
Gollan finished with a winning double as Bourbon Road won the final race with Jim Byrne aboard.
Byrne moved to seven season wins in an attempt to collect four consecutive Ipswich Trainer's Premierships.
Robbie's trophy stash
THE Ipswich Turf Club took an unusual step on Saturday in presenting not only an owner's trophy for every race, but a trainer and jockey trophy as well. This was in recognition of the importance to the club of receiving a Metropolitan Saturday meeting, and the gratitude from the club of the trainer and jockey support.
Fradd moved back to the top of the Jockey's Premiership ladder at Ipswich with eight wins.
Luke Dittman remains on six wins and was joined by Jim Byrne after his winning ride on Bourbon Road.
Premier Queensland Jockey Jeff Lloyd won aboard Moonlight Dancer during the day to move to five season wins.
Michael Cahill and Matt McGillivray moved to a share of fifth with wins aboard Loving Home and Star Justice respectively.
THE mighty Chris Waller training stable has recently branched out in Queensland with a base at the Gold Coast. On Saturday at Ipswich this stable collected its first winning double which was a feather in the cap for the ITC.
The stable representatives were extremely happy with their trip to Ipswich and managed to take away two trainer's trophies for Loving Home and Colosimo. The only other runner from the stable, Vassal finished a close second to Loving Home.
This gave an imported quinella after Waller was the first to win the Ipswich Cup two years ago with a northern hemisphere import as Danchai broke the track record with his win.
Group 1 feast
A THREE-day, two state smorgasbord of Group 1 racing awaits this weekend.
On Friday night, The Moir Stakes kicks off on Friday night at Moonee Valley.
The weekend is completed at Caulfield with the Underwood Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke.
In between on Saturday when the AFL grand final is on, there is a super Saturday at Randwick in Sydney including the Flight Stakes, Epsom Handicap, and Metropolitan Handicap.
Next Ipswich meeting
Ipswich racing continues on Wednesday, which is also the date of the ITC Annual General Meeting.
Racing in October includes meetings on Friday, October 6, and on Wednesdays October 11, 18 and 25.