Ipswich finals highlight difference in clean racing

THE winning times in the two feature races at the Ipswich Showgrounds last Saturday night differed by almost a second.

In terms of distance, that's about 14 lengths.

The reason for the variation is that the Ipswich Derby was a cleanly run race whereas there was an abundance of interference in the Ipswich Futurity.

Maurice Minor, for Tom Tzouvelis, took out the Derby in a slick 30.42, carving across early from box eight.

The son of Cosmic Rumble and Shabeky recently returned for a Darwin campaign where, when trained by Brian Kelleher, the dog had six starts for four wins.

One of his starts in the "Top End'' was a seventh to kennelmate Off and On in the Darwin Cup final.

Maurice Minor, the $3.10 favourite, won the Ipswich Derby by six lengths over Alpha Chaos.

The Ipswich Futurity was a roughly run race.

Eventual winner Roxanne Benz secured a dream inside run turning to the back stretch when there was plenty of interference. $4.10 chance Roxanne Benz scored in 31.33 for Bev Beesley.

Barbarella and Kealoah filled the placings.

Roxanne Benz (Kinloch Brae - Katherine Benz) is raced by the Uhrhane family's Sovereign Racing Syndicate.

While the winning time was equivalent of a run of the mill maiden race, Roxanne Benz has a recent 29.98 Albion Park Monday night win and that time is more than respectable.

Straight to victory

THE shortest distance between two points is by going straight.

The Gerry Crisci trained Bon Knocka proved that to be the case, winning the time honoured Michael Miller Memorial final at Capalaba last Saturday.

From box six, the son of Don't Knocka Him and Miss Emma Lee plotted a course directly behind the drag lure which runs up the centre of the course.

Jack's Black, one of the main dangers according to the betting market, jumped from box seven but surrend- ered ground by trying to work his away across to the red box side of the track.

In the end Bon Knocka scored by one and a half lengths in a slick 19.56 over Jack's Black.

Bon Knocka won his heat from box seven in 19.63.

Churchable-based Gerry Crisci is the owner-trainer of Bon Knocka who collected $3,658 for Saturday's win.

Michael Miller was the starter at the Toowoomba track in 1997 and 1998. He was extremely popular and respected by people who raced at that venue.

Miller was killed in a motor accident in October 1998, aged 19. Toowoomba ran a memorial race for him in 1999 and there was only one such race there.

The track closed, deemed unviable, in February 2000.

The memorial race continued at Capalaba from the year 2000 and is still going strong.

Capalaba is a non TAB venue but Ubet offered fixed odds betting on last Saturday's final.

"We did that because it was such a strong field,'' Ubet's head of product Gerard Daffy said.

"We held just over $3,000 on the race and paid out $4,000 so it was a losing exercise for us. Third placegetter Alpha Georgiou was best backed and was our worst result.

"We managed to claw back that loss with fixed odds betting on the Ipswich Futurity and Derby,'' Daffy said.

Tribute to caller

THE voice of Northern Rivers greyhound racing, Bob Lane, is being honoured with a special race at Casino today.

It is exactly 50 years to the day - September 8, 1967, when Lane called his first greyhound race which was at Casino.

Five heats of the ''Bob Lane Fifty Years Stake'' were run last Friday. One Queenslander has qualified for today's $5,000 to the winner final. That's Super Sook, trained by Bundamba's Michael Menken. Super Sook ran second in his heat. The dog won at Ipswich last month in a slick 24.91 for 431 metres.

Bob Lane, a quiet mild mannered man, plays down any talk that he is something special chalking up fifty years of racecalling.

"Plenty of people in other occupations rake up 50 years,'' he said.

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