Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching is confident the club will be ready for the big crowd expected to flood the racecourse for Cup day on June 19.
Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching is confident the club will be ready for the big crowd expected to flood the racecourse for Cup day on June 19. Claudia Baxter

Cowell keeps flag flying to stop rout by visitors

ON FRIDAY it was not Flemington but Ipswich, and the invaders were not international but intercity as Gold Coast, Brisbane and Toowoomba-trained gallopers each won two of the seven-race card.

However, Ipswich trainer Andrew Cowell continued his good season with a win to She Who Knows in the third event of the day.

At her first start, the well-bred She Who Knows gave the fourth Ipswich winner of the season to both Cowell and jockey Scott Galloway.

The day started with seven-time Ipswich Trainer's Premiership winner Alan Bailey coming from the Gold Coast with just one runner for the day.

Gold Coast jockey Chris Whitely rode Dayuan for Bailey at his only ride for the day for Ipswich.

If there wasn't a clear enough tip there, Toowoomba owner Greg Wagner flew in by chopper for the day and his galloper Western Buzz won the second race for trainer Roger Milne and replacement jockey Tegan Harrison.

After Cowell broke the run of visitors in the third race with She Who Knows, Brisbane trainer Jeffrey Caught won the fourth race with apprentice Rosie Myers aboard.

The final three races of the day were won by trainers who visited with just one galloper for the day.

In the fifth race, Rikki Jamieson rode Default to win for Gold Coast trainer Harold Norman, before Huxtable won for jockey Michael Cahill and Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan, who continued his good strike rate at Ipswich.

The final race of the day went to Weedreamed for jockey Paul Hammersley and Brisbane trainer Desleigh Forster.

 

Flemington bookies finish on top

WITH only a handful of favourites winning over the four days of the Flemington Carnival, most punters struggled to find a winning result.

However, those who bet on favourite numbers, systems, jockeys or colours could have made some serious dollars.

Irish import Green Moon is a good example of this.

Despite being favourite for the Melbourne Cup in October after a brilliant win in the Turnbull Stakes, he was under an injury cloud following a disappointing Cox Plate run and was shunned by form punters to start at 20-1.

Punters who liked colours or a horse with first and seventh placings in the past two starts, or that jockey Brett Prebble came from Hong Kong for the ride, or the number 14, could have come up with a good win as the six-year-old entire comfortably won the Melbourne Cup, heading a $50,000 trifecta dividend, and $1m first four.

To further confirm international dominance of Australia's great race, the Bart Cummings-trained stayer Precedence, who came ninth on Tuesday, was the only horse to finish in the first 14 who had not been imported from the northern hemisphere.

Those that follow particular jockeys could have had a win also as Damien Oliver, despite being under investigation for illegal betting, won the Derby last week on Fiveandahalfstar and the Emirates Stakes on Happy Trails on Saturday.

Steven Arnold also rode doubles on each of Oaks Day on Thursday and Stakes Day on Saturday.

Another jockey to find a few winners over the carnival was Glen Boss, who won on Saturday on Eximius at 30-1, and on the grey entire that he has tipped to win the 2013 Melbourne Cup - Puissance de Lune.

Group 1 racing across the eastern states of Australia is now complete for the calendar year and only three Group 1

events remain in Western Australia to be contested - the Railway Stakes and Winterbottom Stakes on November 24 and the Kingston Town Classic on December 8.



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