POPULAR WINNER: Ipswich Turf Club deputy chairman Brian North (right) shares the victory of Classic Star with trainer Robert Heathcote, his delighted wife Vicki, jockey Ryan Wiggins and the horse’s strapper.
POPULAR WINNER: Ipswich Turf Club deputy chairman Brian North (right) shares the victory of Classic Star with trainer Robert Heathcote, his delighted wife Vicki, jockey Ryan Wiggins and the horse’s strapper. Contributed

Mare provides special jubilation at Bundamba race meeting

IPSWICH Turf Club deputy chairman Brian North enjoyed a memorable day at his home track last Wednesday.

Classic Star, the horse that North part owns, scored a slender win in the sixth race of the day.

Classic Star is a four-year-old mare trained by Robert Heathcote. The horse was was ridden by Ryan Wiggins at the Ipswich meeting.

The Class 1 win was the mare's first at Ipswich in "around 15 years" for the jubilant part-owner while Vicki Heathcote was just as jubilant as Classic Star is somewhat of a stable favourite.

The run of Classic Star could not have been timed any better as she just managed in the final bound to overtake Lushy, who was ridden by Jim Byrne and who had skipped away by four lengths at the turn.

There was a narrow margin of a short half head between the winner and second place and an even shorter margin back to third. Peppa Jelly, who was ridden by Cassandra Schmidt, flashed home and was actually in front a stride past the post.

The old saying goes "it doesn't matter how much they win by as long as they win".

This was very much the case for a couple of punters on course who had backed Classic Star to win as well as standing out in quadrellas for a good win.

The quadrella on Wednesday paid around $2200 and the $12,800 first prize took Classic Star's earnings over $32,000 from 10 career starts.

It was a lean day for apprentice riders on Wednesday as only Emma Ljung in the last race of the day aboard John Dann's Code One was able to pick up a win.

Apart from Wiggins, other winning jockeys were Tegan Harrison on Tony Gollan's Suite Mover, Michael Cahill (on Kelso Wood's Charcuterie), Robbie Fradd (on Patrick Sexton's Rhiatenn Road), Ron Goltz (on Mark Callaghan's Just as Loyal), and Jim Byrne (on Witches Luck for Helen Page).

 

Heathcote heads west

IN the winner's room after the win by Classic Star on Wednesday, Robert Heathcote was excitedly talking about his upcoming trip to Perth for star sprinter Buffering.

After his second consecutive fourth in the Darley Classic on the last day of the Flemington Carnival, Heathcote was adamant the eight-year-old is in career-equalling best form.

After winning the Darley two years ago, Buffering went on to win the Group 1 Winterbottom in Perth and that is again the aim.

Buffering has won $5.1 million across a sparkling career, including five Group 1 wins, with form that can be traced back to an easy victory six seasons ago in the rich QTIS two-year-old on Labour Day at Ipswich.

After having won the Queensland horse of the year award for the past four seasons, Buffering would again be favourite for the title in the current season after winning the Group 1 Moir and placing fourth in the Darley.

A win in the Winterbottom this weekend will have this ageless sprinter at unbackable odds to win a fifth straight title.

Representatives from WA Racing have been encouraging the Heathcotes to travel west for a couple of months now, understanding the drawing power of a five-time Group 1 winner.

Good luck to the Heathcotes for an enjoyable and fruitful visit to Perth.

 

Wednesday racing

THERE are four consecutive Wednesday meetings at Ipswich, commencing tomorrow prior to a Saturday meeting on December 19.

That is followed by Christmas Eve and Wednesday, December 30, to finish another year of racing at the historic Ipswich racecourse.

Kicking off 2016 is another Saturday meeting on January 9 before another string of Wednesday meetings in January.



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