Flame Fighter gives loyal supporter fitting reward
IPSWICH Turf Club treasurer Liam Tansey won the race his firm sponsored last Thursday at Bundamba with the Gillian Heinrich trained Flame Fighter.
It was the Legacy race day at Ipswich and as has been the case for many years Tansey Partners sponsored a race on the day.
As Liam is connected to the Heinrich stable and Flame Fighter is owned by Heinrich Bloodstock, the unusual event of a part owner of a horse winning a race that he has sponsored occurred.
Ridden by Michael Cahill, Flame Fighter made it two from two at Ipswich. Flame Fighter has an affinity for the track having had just those two Ipswich wins from 11 career starts.
It was the fourth win of the season at Ipswich for the Gold Coast based Heinrich stable.
This places Gillian Heinrich just one win off the premiership lead which is currently held by Toowoomba based Tony Sears.
Frontrunner wins cup
IN a brilliant front-running display, jockey Scott Sheargold guided Starletton to a comfortable Legacy Cup win for trainer Graeme Shaw.
The winning owner Mrs Fraser let on after the presentation how appropriate it was for her to win the Ipswich race.
As well as being thrilled to collect her first Cup, Mrs Fraser explained that her departed husband was a pilot stationed in London in World War 2.
The Legacy Cup has been promoted by Ipswich Legacy and Ipswich RSL for more than a decade. Last Thursday had probably the largest contingent of any of those years, enjoying a day trackside with former Ipswich Turf Club committeeman Ray Leschke running a punter's club, interviews and guiding the patrons into a few winners.
Cox Plate surprise
IT had never happened before in the 91 year history of the race.
In somewhat of an anti-climax for some, a maiden galloper in Shamus Award won the $3 million Cox Plate on Saturday at Moonee Valley.
The race was robbed of superstar mare Atlantic Jewel who damaged her suspect tendon in track work last Tuesday.
Punters were left looking everywhere for a favourite.
New Zealand star It's a Dundeel went into the race with an interrupted preparation after a cracked hoof and foot abscess of a couple of weeks earlier and the firm track was not going to suit a number of gallopers including Puissance De Lune who eventually pulled up lame after the race.
Three-year-old Shamus Award capitalised on other entrants' problems by jumping straight to the lead with the light weight and staying there for the trip to break his maiden status in spectacular fashion.
Another maiden winner of sorts on Friday night at Moonee Valley was Buffering who finally broke his Group 1 maiden status in the Manikato Stakes.
After 10 previous Group 1 placings, former Ipswich winner Buffering finally gave his trainer Robert Heathcote a win at the top level after far too many close things.
Over the past couple of seasons Heathcote has enjoyed Group 1 success with Woorim, Solzenhitson, and now stable favourite and two time Queensland horse of the year Buffering.
Buffering's prizemoney tally moved to $3.2m.
Group 1 racing moves to Flemington for the four day carnival made up of Derby Day on Saturday, Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday, Oaks Day on Thursday and Stakes Day on the following Saturday.
The Derby looks to be a match race between Sydneysiders Complacent and Savvy Nature who delivered a timely lead-up on Saturday.
Savvy Nature scored with a three length last to first win in the Mitchelton Wines Vase at Moonee Valley.