Turf Chat: Ipswich Cup rich in all-round class
ANOTHER Ipswich Cup Day has come and gone and the long history of the feature races were celebrated with a couple of millionaires and an international flavour added.
Ipswich Cup winner Danchai was bred and raced in England prior to being imported to Sydney for leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller just over 12 months ago.
Despite a couple of placings in good races, the six-year old grey gelding made it his first win in Australia at his 13th start for the Waller stable.
While there have been many New Zealand winners of the Ipswich Cup over the years, Ipswich now has its first European import winner added to the list.
To give the win of Danchai a bit more of an international flavour, a stable replacement was on hand to accept the trophy as trainer Chris Waller was absent due to him overseeing preparations for star colt Brazen Beau at Royal Ascot in England this week.
The other two feature races of the Eyeliner Stakes and Gai Waterhouse fillies and mares Classic went to gallopers who have each earned more than $1 million in career earnings to add some real class to the race winners list.
Officials were trying to remember if there has been a Group 1 winning horse to win on Ipswich Cup Day after Smokin' Joey collected the Eyeliner Stakes.
This winner of $1.4 million won the 2014 Group 1 Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide and also ran second in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes in February at Caulfield so the Ipswich win added some real class to the day.
Real Surreal, which won the Fillies and Mares Classic, is another million dollar earner as she won the 2013 edition of the Magic Millions for two year olds.
Real Surreal has not had things go her way over the past couple of years although her win on Saturday showed she is back on top of her game.
Her finish was blistering.
THE community of Ipswich again showed enormous spirit and exemplary behaviour at the Ipswich Cup meeting on Saturday.
Among the large turnout enjoying the racing and festivities, there was a celebratory mood and low incident reports as thousands enjoyed themselves at Ipswich's annual social event of the year.
Adding a world record and an international performing act to the day just helped for the patrons to create a memorable event for all.
Already there are people enquiring about booking one of the now famous marquees for the Ipswich Cup meeting of 2016. In the meantime there is weekly racing to get back to on Friday.
Carnival winding up
THIS Saturday is the final Group 1 of the Queensland Winter Carnival and the final of the season across Australia.
It is also the first time a top level race will be run at the Gold Coast.
Due to the continued outage of Eagle Farm, the Tattersalls Tiara will be run at the Gold Coast and Saturday's winner Real Surreal is expected to back up again in this Group 1 event.