Dodging Eddie well suited to today's big race
WATCHING your exciting horse race on its home track on Ipswich Cup Day is up with any special moment in sport.
But when the occasion is shared with a group of Ipswich mates from St Edmund's College, it becomes one of those lifetime achievements.
That will be the case at the Ipswich Turf Club today when Dodging Eddie races in today's $203,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup.
The promising five-year-old chestnut gelding is locally owned by eight St Eddies Old Boys.
They are Michael Grieve, Nathan Lee, brothers Tim and Ross Sauer, Craig Gillam, David Richardson, Michael Wiseman and Trent Quinn.
Up until yesterday, the sporting mates were waiting anxiously to see if their third emergency could make the Cup field.
The scratchings of Zabeelionaire, Bang On and Warrior Within propelled Dodging Eddie into the starting line-up for today's main race at 3.05pm.
"We've been sweating on it for a few days now,'' Dodging Eddie syndicate part-owner Tim Sauer said.
"It's massive for everyone, probably even more for Michael Grieve who bred the horse.''
Former St Edmund's school teacher Grieve set up the syndicate after breeding the gelding at his Grandview stud at Purga.
The name came from the gelding's father Dodge and the St Edmund's connection.
Dodging Eddie's owners are keen sportsmen.
Tim and his twin brother Ross play A-grade rugby league for Brothers along with Reserve grader Lee.
They are the same age as former Brothers footballer Gillam and hockey player Wiseman.
Richardson is a first division cricketer and Quinn is well known through his real estate and auctioneering work.
As for feeling nervous today, Tim Sauer said it would be much different from preparing for a rugby league match.
"You can't do anything. It's out of your hands rather than when you're playing footy you can do something,'' he said.
From 32 starts, Dodging Eddie has three wins, seven seconds and seven thirds.
Sauer said today's 2150m journey should suit Dodging Eddie after his recent second in the $100,000 Toowoomba Cup over 2100m.
"That's his distance,'' he said of the Ipswich hope launching from barrier 11.
"Anything over 2000, he runs alright.
"Hopefully he'll get a good spot in the field.''
The last local horse in the Ipswich Cup was Sailor's Lark 10 years ago. Sailor's Lark was trained by Bundamba-based Geoff Livermore.
Part-owner Richardson said it was terrific for the Dodging Eddie syndicate to receive its opportunity today.
"It was pretty unexpected that we got so close (in the Toowoomba Cup),'' Richardson said. "All along, we've been trying to build the horse for the Ipswich Cup.''