Ipswich track bounces back

THE Ipswich racetrack last Friday conducted the third race meeting since the January floods.

Many people were again surprised with the quick bounce back.

While there are still a couple of areas to be repaired from the flood damage, the main focus is the course proper which has been racing in good order over the past few weeks.

The Jibboom Lounge and administration offices are still awaiting repairs as are two of the five chutes at the course.

Flood-damaged areas at the 1666 metre and 1350 metre chutes mean that no races will start over those distances for about one more month as repairs are undertaken.

Top winners

SOME high-profile jockeys won at Ipswich last Friday, as well as a variety of prices for winners.

The first race was won by the Darren Bell-trained Stigori. Gold Coast rider Paul Hammersley was aboard the three-year-old Dracula gelding, who just beat Dancing Al.

Paul Hammersley made a name for himself on Ipswich Cup Day in 2010 when he rode a treble on the day.

The second race was won by the Tony Gollan-trained Friendly Glow. The three-year-old Iglesia filly visited from Toowoomba and was too good with Michael Cahill aboard.

Cahill is based on the Gold Coast and has had international riding contracts during his sparkling career.

The third race of the day was won by the Gold Coast duo of trainer Alan Bailey and jockey Glen Colless with Sequano.

Despite top weight and a wide draw, Sequano gave the duo another in the countless wins at Ipswich over the years.

The premierships won at Ipswich between the pair of Bailey and Colless are in the double figures range after another win to Bailey in the trainers premiership last season.

Flash Jester, who was the fourth winner of the day, gave Toowoomba trainer Gollan a double and a win to jockey Skye Bogenhuber at an odds-on price.

The price on the sixth winner of the day was $35 when Rockwest saluted for trainer Tony Crane and jockey Matthew Gray.

Sandwiched between these two winners was high-profile jockey Chris Munce aboard the Norm Hilton-trained Reilly Blue.

Munce is well known for his many feats, including the Melbourne Cup win in 1998 on Jezabeel.

Another Melbourne Cup placegetting jockey is Jason Holder who won the final race on Bustopher Jones.

The four-year-old entire streaked away from the field for Brisbane trainer Keith Shelton, giving former Ipswich Jockeys Premiership winner Holder his first win at Ipswich for the day.

Freakish incident

NEWS of a disturbing and freakish incident came out of Newbury Race track, England.

Reports emerged of the collapse and deaths of two horses in the parade enclosure just prior to being mounted. This shocked many in the racing world.

While not yet confirmed, it appears the cause of death was electrocution, possibly from an underground cable which somehow conducted through the steel plates to the horses which are apparently more susceptible to electrocution than humans.

As reported by BBC Sport, another galloper called Kid Cassidy was affected as well and briefly collapsed before recovering on the rubber walkway.

“It was one of the most traumatic five minutes I think one can ever go through,” trainer Nicky Henderson said.

“This game that we’re in is all about horses and everybody loves horses.”

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