International hoop breaks Ipswich drought
WELL-travelled jockey Michael Cahill has won an Ipswich Premiership, a Brisbane Premiership and ridden winners in countries across the globe.
However, he has not enjoyed a great deal of success in recent times. So he was pleased to ride a winner at Ipswich on the Metropolitan Wednesday meeting.
It has been several months since the Magic Millions winner has featured first at Ipswich. The comfortable victory for French Jet was a welcome return to the list for the affable Cahill.
The fast race time of 58.77 seconds indicated a good racing surface and the stewards quickly upgraded the track after the race from its early rating of heavy 9.
It was the only ride for the day at Ipswich for Cahill.
The race was the highest prizemoney race for the day as there was a QTIS added bonus resulting in a winner's cheque of a little less than $20,000.
Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears has been cleverly targeting these QTIS races this season with great success.
DESPITE the well documented drainage issues with the Ipswich racetrack, the 21 millimetres of rain early on Wednesday morning did not detract from the racing on the day.
At the outset the track was rated a heavy 9 and by the end of the day had been upgraded to a soft 6.
Trainers and jockeys were commenting on how well the track was faring despite the deluge 12 hours earlier.
The way the track raced showed a huge difference between the evaporation rates of a winter's day and humid hot summer's day.
In the middle of winter, 21 millimetres of rain on race day morning would have just about washed the meeting out. However, in the heat of summer the result was a soft 6 track by day's end.
THE enthralling tussle at the top of the Ipswich Jockey's Premiership continued last week as each of joint leaders Robbie Fradd and Jim Byrne collected a win giving them 13 apiece for the season.
Fradd was successful aboard Jetsonic to give Tony Gollan his 13th Ipswich winner for the season.
Byrne won aboard former Ipswich Premier trainer Matthew Dunn's galloper Magic Diamond.
Top Brisbane jockey's Larry Cassidy and Jeff Lloyd each collected a win with Chris Munce's Constantine and Richie Stephenson's Soltinho Lad before a double of wins for female riders to complete the card.
These winners were Alannah Fancourt on Galway Town, for trainer Kellie Monckton, and Skye Bogenhuber on Spot the Diff for John Zielke.
AS well as sizeable function bookings over the next couple of race meetings, there are festivities planned for the school holidays.
There will be a jumping castle at the track for child- ren's entertainment on Friday and next week, as well as a visit from Santa next week with some giveaways for the children enjoying their school holidays at the track.
As usual there are plans in place for Santa to start the last race next week.
Next Ipswich meeting
IPSWICH racing continues on Friday, to commence the festive holiday season. There are four consecutive Friday meetings through the festive period prior to a rare Saturday meeting on January 14.
Ipswich Rugby League have big plans for that Saturday date in January featuring a visit from the Brisbane Broncos.