Favourites reign supreme
A HEAVY track failed to stop favoured runners winning the majority of races at the latest Ipswich race meeting.
Often on a heavy track, the chances of a longshot winning become greater. However, at Bundamba last Friday, only one winner was at double figure odds.
That winner was the Priscilla Schmidt ridden Swingin' Dazzler who started at $11 in the betting and won comfortably for trainer Tony Gollan.
Among the winners for the day were three odds-on runners including Bon Temps for Sunshine Coast trainer Len Treloar at $1.40, Fifth Column at $1.50 for trainer Gerard Bertros, and Believe in Heart for trainer Les Kelly at $1.50.
Skye Bogenhuber rode her ninth winner for the season at Ipswich aboard Fifth Column at her only ride for the day.
Believe in Heart was ridden by three kilograms claiming apprentice Matthew McGuren.
The winning jockey on Bon Temps was current Ipswich Premiership leader Michael Cahill, who moved to 28 wins for the season.
Second placing is clearly held by Tim Bell who collected win number 21 for the current season aboard the Kelly Doughty trained Main Street in the fourth race of the day.
With just four meetings remaining in the current season, the lead of seven should be enough for Michael Cahill to become a first-time Ipswich Jockey's Premiership winner at the end of July.
Assuming Cahill finishes atop the ladder in a month, he will join a distinguished list of former Ipswich Premiership-winning jockeys.
This list includes Melbourne Cup winning jockeys Glen Boss, Chris Munce, and Michael Rodd, as well as current champion Queensland hoops Glen Colless and Jim Byrne.
Heart of Many joy
THE connections of Friday's winner Heart of Many filled the committee lounge for a winner's drink as this galloper has 800 owners from around Australia as part of the ownership syndicate.
Trainer Barry Baldwin cheekily noted that just the connections present were enough to drink the bar dry though the good natured group of owners didn't try to do that, but rather just savoured the moment of winning racehorse ownership in high spirits.
One person who was happy to see this winner salute was the official course photographer who sold 80 framed photos of Heart of Many at its previous win.
Eddie's winning return
DODGING Eddie, the galloper with largely Ipswich connections who raced in the Ipswich Cup two weeks ago, had some consolation for his unplaced Ipswich run.
Dodging Eddie had a big win at Toowoomba last Thursday night.
Dodging Eddie comfortably beat Random Orbit and Musashi of Mieko over the 2000m distance with Luke Tarrant aboard.
THE last day of the Queensland Racing Winter Carnival was conducted at the weekend with the running of the Caloundra Cup.
Rain in the lead-up and on the day resulted in a heavy track and a somewhat disappointing attendance to see Zennista take out the Caloundra Cup - the main race of the day.
The Peter Moody trained Voila Ici tried hard to finish in second place after running fifth in the Ipswich Cup two weeks earlier.
Rothera took third placing ahead of the 2012 Ipswich and Caloundra Cups winner Shenzhou Steeds.
The listed races of the Glasshouse Handicap, which was won by Someday, and the Sunshine Coast Guineas (won by Eximius) were run on the heavy track.
That completed the Winter Carnival which was interrupted by rain on most days except Ipswich Cup Day.
It is now time to start looking ahead to the Sydney and Melbourne Spring carnivals which will progress to a crescendo in the first week of November for Melbourne Cup week.