Guy lands Cup en route to another premiership
TRAINER Bryan Guy not only won the Ipswich Cup with Anagold on Saturday. He also moved further ahead in the Ipswich Trainer's Premiership.
With six Ipswich meetings left to round out the season, Guy leads the premiership race with 13 wins.
He's three ahead of Kelly Schweida who collected a winning double on Saturday.
Schweida's winning duo of Cape Kidnappers and Miss Bradbury gave him a good return from six stable starters on the day which further displayed his strong support for the Ipswich Turf Club.
Schweida was thankful for having been allowed to give Cape Kidnappers an exhibition gallop in between races at the previous Ipswich race meeting. He explained that this gallop had a lot to do with the win on Saturday.
Guy was not too confident of winning with 40-1 starter Anagold on Saturday as he preferred to watch the race from the Gold Coast where he had a number of stable runners where he netted a treble.
However the win of track specialist Anagold is further reward for the support shown by the Gold Coast based Guy to the Ipswich Turf Club.
An Ipswich premiership win in 2013 will add to the 2011 prize that Guy received by a clear margin.
Jockey Michael Cahill rode a winning double on Saturday aboard Miss Bradbury and Peron to move further ahead in the Jockeys' Premiership race.
The wins moved Cahill to 27 for the season - seven clear of Tim Bell who is a win ahead of Jim Byrne who picked up a win on Barry Baldwin's Flying Home on Saturday.
Big thanks for super job
WITH another Ipswich Cup run and won, the next job is to dismantle the infrastructure put in place for the big day.
A big thank you to the tireless ITC staff, both in preparing the racing facilities as well as the overall infrastructure to accommodate 20,000 patrons on the day.
The work put in by the track staff to overcome the effects of the rain midweek was especially significant.
As late as Friday morning there was still a large amount of water lying on the ground in the marquee areas and inside a number of the marquees.
Several pumps were continually draining water from the worst areas before tonnes of bark chip were laid by staff on Friday afternoon.
One person who saw the state of the facility on Friday morning was Jody Barlow of sponsors Optus.
In Jody's speech when presenting the winner of the Optus Mile race, he made mention of the incredible one-day transformation of certain areas. He applauded the ground staff for their efforts.
Racing Queensland stewards were highly complimentary on the track, especially after the rainfall that was received during the week.
A total of 46mm fell in the five days leading up to Cup Day. While the track was rated a heavy 10 on Thursday morning, the meeting was conducted on a slow 7.
The thick grass cover helped to give all horses a chance.
Winners, such as Anagold in the Cup, came along the inside rail.
Others, like Conservatorium in the Eyeliner Stakes, won from the middle of the track.
The work behind the scenes by the track staff was an outstanding effort. It was all hands on deck as even chairman Wayne Patch was out last Friday helping to extract water from the worst affected areas.
This week is back to business with racing on Friday - one of the 50 midweek meetings conducted by the ITC each year.
Carnival nearly over
THE Group 1 Tattersalls Tiara will be contested at Eagle Farm on Saturday providing the final chance for the year to win at the highest level in Queensland.
Saturday's impressive Ipswich winner Peron is a possible starter to continue the stats of the past two years. That is where Gai Waterhouse Classic winners at Ipswich have gone on to place in the Tattersalls Tiara.
The Caloundra Cup is on the next weekend to complete the Queensland Racing Winter Carnival for 2013.