CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Jockey Jim Byrne reflects on his success riding Vaz De Torres to victory in yesterday’s CFMEU Women’s Auxillaries Class 4 race at Bundamba.
CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Jockey Jim Byrne reflects on his success riding Vaz De Torres to victory in yesterday’s CFMEU Women’s Auxillaries Class 4 race at Bundamba. David Nielsen

Beau Boy claims win at wonderful Labour Day Cup

THE perfect spring weather yesterday encouraged more than 3000 patrons to visit the Ipswich Racecourse for the running of the CFMEU Labour Day Cup.

There was a real festival feel to the entire racecourse because of the different elements on offer for the day.

As well as the keen and good quality racing, there was an Ipswich Handmade Expo Market, free entry, a free fairground for children, easy listening live music, free fairy floss and face painting for children, a baby animal farm, and even free orange juice to quench the thirst of those taking advantage of the free fairground.

All of this was made possible by the CFMEU, particularly the mining and energy division which has a long history in Ipswich.

The Labour Day Cup was won by Beau Boy, trained by Matt Kropp from Toowoomba and ridden by James Orman.

The meeting was however robbed of its omen tip after the scratching of Union in first race of the day.

The introduction of the markets had a hugely positive impact on the day as the numbers doubled the previous year when the Labour Day meeting was run in October for the first time.


Heathcote rewarded

THE increase in prize money recently announced came into effect last Wednesday, which happened to be a meeting at Ipswich.

The first winner of the higher prize money race was a big Ipswich supporter in Robert Heathcote. He trained In Bangkok, which was ridden by apprentice Travis Wolfgram.

Yesterday, the first winner of the day was again Heathcote, this time with Vaz De Torres.

The galloper was ridden by Jim Byrne who again won the second race aboard Jack Be Quick who is trained by the Toowoomba based Kevin Kemp.

Byrne was stood down from racing after the second race as he was booked to ride the third race winner Kirchnerwho is trained by the Gold Coast based Alicia Willick.

Ric McMahon was the replacement rider for Kirchner and followed up on his good form of last Wednesday with a winning double aboard Country Command and Danehill Native.


Group 1 excitement

IN Melbourne at the weekend, it was the first Flemington Group 1 race for the Spring in the Turnbull Stakes.

This race has in past been a good indicator for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and the markets were adjusted quickly as a result of the race.

The winner Lucia Valentina is a New Zealand-trained four year old mare who won the Tramway Stakes first up in Sydney on a heavy track with a brilliant display.

Her win in the Turnbull resulted in her price being slashed to $5 favourite for the Caulfield Cup and $10 favourite for the Melbourne Cup despite doubts over her ability to run out a strong stayer's distance.

Who Shot Thebarman was another firmer in Cups betting after he won the Bart Cummings although the class was not near the Turnbull Stakes level.

The long-time Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer ran an even race in the Turnbull finishing sixth after racing more handily and was notably strong on the line.

In Sydney, the Group 1 winners were He's Your Man in the Epsom, First Seal in the Flight Stakes, and Junoob in the Metropolitan Stakes.

Group 1 racing this weekend is back to Caulfield for the a big day including the Caulfield Guineas, the Thousand Guineas, the Caulfield Stakes, and the Toorak Handicap.

In Sydney, there is one Group 1 event at Randwick in the Spring Champion Stakes for three year olds.

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