Munce adds to glittering career riding 'roughies'
DECORATED jockey Chris Munce picked up a winning double at the Ipswich races last Friday to add to a glittering career of thoroughbred horse riding.
The well-travelled hoop is one of a handful of jockeys to have won the four big races in Australia - Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.
Munce has also collected two Ipswich jockeys premierships over the years.
Munce's latest winners were Red Beretta, for Chinchilla-based trainer Mark Goodwin, and Irish Mambo, for Gold Coast-based Peter Balzen.
Irish Mambo brought along a large contingent of connections as the four-year-old gelding is owned by the Bayside Allsports Syndicate.
Both winners for Munce were at around $9 in the betting after odds-on favourite Natural Dancer with Jason Taylor aboard had won the first race of the day.
Natural Dancer was the only favourite to salute as winning odds seemed to get progressively longer as the meeting progressed.
The results were so rough in fact that an all up bet of $1 on each of the winners would have returned in excess of $10 million across the eight-race card.
ANOTHER to collect a winning double at Ipswich was Deagon-based trainer Steele Ryan.
Ryan's winners were Igneous, who was ridden by Dale Missen, and Last Lap who was guided home by stable apprentice Anthony Allen.
Igneous won at his first start at Ipswich while Last Lap was visiting for the fifth time and now has a record of two wins and two seconds at the track.
It is a fair bet that with those sorts of returns, trainer Ryan will keep coming back to Ipswich.
He is back for today's meeting with Another Whiskey and Night Chills.
Regan wins in Melbourne
YOUNG apprentice rider Regan Bayliss, of the famous Ipswich racing family, had another win at a Metropolitan Saturday meeting on the weekend.
The mare Spirit of Heaven will be remembered with fondness by the young apprentice.
On Saturday, she made it three out of three with Bayliss aboard - and two of those wins have been in Saturday class at Flemington and now Caulfield.
The ride on Saturday was superb as Spirit of Heaven was held together outside of the leader until into the straight when young Regan Bayliss let her go to again win easily.
This win came on the back of another City win last Saturday aboard another of Peter Moody's gallopers in Kenjorwood.
The faith that Moody has in his apprentice is evident with him entrusting such rides to someone so early in their career - a career which will surely blossom in future.
Older brother Jake Bayliss is riding at around the same 9% win rate as Regan.
On Sunday at Devonport, Jake picked up two wins with Beer Belly and Big Time.
Jake is expected to continue riding regularly in Tasmania.
To cap off the family story, the boy's dad Jamie has recommenced riding in Victoria after 20 years out of the saddle.
Former Ipswich Cup winner Jamie is reportedly thrilled at being back doing what he enjoys most.
Racing on today
IPSWICH is hosting a meeting today as the irregular dates start while Ipswich covers the majority of midweek Metropolitan meetings due to the closure of Eagle Farm for development works.
The rain at the weekend forced the closure to be a little earlier than expected as more than half of the card at Eagle Farm's final meeting was washed out on Saturday.
After today's meeting, there is racing at Ipswich next Wednesday, followed by Friday, August 5, then Wednesdays on September 17 and 24 and October 1.
The Labour Day meeting is on Monday, October 6.
This meeting features the running of the CFMEU Labour Day Cup, a Handmade Expo Market in conjunction with the race day, and free entry with a fairground for children.