Jockey Dan Griffin enjoys his success aboard Va Va Veni at the Ipswich racetrack.
Jockey Dan Griffin enjoys his success aboard Va Va Veni at the Ipswich racetrack. Inga Williams

Ipswich record that can’t be set

JOCKEY Dan Griffin partnered Va Va Veni to a comfortable win at the Ipswich race meeting although to connections' dismay, there was no track or class record to test.

The four-year-old gelding by I Am Invincible was too good despite lumping the top weight of 58 kilograms in the Class 5 event over the Ipswich Mile distance.

The problem regarding records was that race was run over a distance of 1690 metres - one of the non-standard distances for races when the rail is out.

The rail is progressively moved out each week to protect the particular pad that was run over at the previous meeting.

Last Wednesday the rail was out 6.5 metres meaning that the distance run from the normal 1666 metre start point became 1690 metres.

The only records kept are for the standard distances and running an extra 24 metres over the 1690 distance makes it almost impossible to break the mile record times.

As the rail is out 8.5 metres tomorrow, the actual distance run in the mile race will be 1710 metres. For each of these altered distances, there are no individual record times kept apart from the standard distance of 1666 metres.

This was a little disappointing for connections of the Michael Costa trained Va Va Voom.

However the midweek metropolitan status of a Wednesday, along with the $12,800 to the winner, quickly had the winners in good spirits.

Earlier this year Va Va Veni transferred to South East Queensland from Sydney where he had two previous wins to his name. After a first-up second at Ipswich in February, this galloper has collected three wins at the Gold Coast, Doomben and now Ipswich, vindicating the move north.

Oaks mission

ANOTHER impressive winner at Ipswich last Wednesday was the New Zealand three-year-old filly Provocative in the 2190 metres three years old handicap. Trained and ridden by the New Zealand pair Tony Pike and Vinnie Colgan, Provocative's target is the Queensland Oaks at the Eagle Farm return to racing on June 4.

Provocative is by champion sire of stayers Zabeel. She has won three of her six career starts although her career earnings of $31,000 may not be enough to secure a place in the Oaks.

Trainer Pike is hoping to make the final Oaks field as despite Provocative struggling a little around the tighter circuit at Ipswich, she won easily with a top weight of 58.5 kilograms.

Winter Carnival

THE Doomben Cup was the Group 1 race on Saturday as the Queensland Winter Carnival is in full swing.

The winner was the imported galloper Our Ivanhowe.

After the win of Malaguerra last week in the Ubet Cup, resurgent Victorian trainer Lee Freedman has collected 100% of the Group 1 races to date in the carnival.

This week is the third of the Doomben Group 1 meetings as the Ten Thousand is contested. That is then followed by Oaks Day at Eagle Farm, then Stradbroke Day before the Ipswich Cup on June 18.

Next meeting

TOMORROW is the next Ipswich meeting and the last regular Wednesday Metropolitan meeting for Ipswich after almost two years of covering for the outage of Eagle Farm.

There is only one more meeting at Ipswich prior to the Ipswich Cup on June 18.

That is Friday, June 3, the day prior to the return of racing at Eagle Farm.



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