Magic ride to retain his lead
FORMER South African jockey Robbie Fradd had to wait until the final race on Friday at the Ipswich meeting to collect a win.
However, the result maintained his lead at the top of the Ipswich Jockey's Premiership ladder.
The victory aboard Majella Magic gave top trainer Tony Gollan his 12th win for the current season as he strives to win three consecutive Ipswich Trainer's Premierships.
Fradd lost his Ipswich Premiership lead at the start of the day when champion Ipswich rider Jim Byrne won aboard Delirium for trainer Chris Munce to move level with Fradd on 11 wins apiece.
Majella Magic however kicked Fradd clear. The win was the third at Ipswich for the four-year-old mare from six starts at the track.
Most of the $42,000 prize money accumulated by this mare has been at Ipswich where her full record is six starts for three wins and a second.
In six starts at other tracks, Majella Magic has collected just one placing at the Gold Coast showing a clear affinity for the Ipswich circuit.
TONY Gollan was represented by his parents at Ipswich on Friday as he continues to work hard at setting up a successful stable in Sydney.
You would not know that Gollan has been interstate for much of this season judging by his continued success at Ipswich.
Gollan decided to take on the tough Sydney circuit this season although the task is proving to be difficult.
As his father Darryl said on Friday there needs to be two of him to manage the Brisbane and Sydney stables.
One thing for certain is that the work ethic, persistence and determination shown by Tony Gollan in his relatively short training career to date will hold him in good stead with whatever the future holds.
IPSWICH Turf Club committeemen have enjoyed racing success over the years.
Chairman Wayne Patch, deputy chair Brian North, Dan Bowden and Dr Allan Byrnes have all enjoyed part ownership of winning gallopers.
Treasurer Liam Tansey and the most recent to join the committee, Trent Quinn, are also enjoying successful racehorse ownership.
Tansey is part-owner of the Joe Pride trained galloper New Tipperary who has won two metropolitan middle distance races in Sydney in November.
New Tipperary has collected $218,000 career prizemoney.
Quinn has enjoyed success over recent weeks with winning horses that he part owns, including Frightening Bolt at Toowoomba and Our Renaissance at Muswellbrook last Friday.
These successes, and the ensuing delight of connections, have further shown that the experience of owning a winning thoroughbred horse is like no other.
AFTER Scales of Justice won the Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ascot in Perth and Takedown took out the Group 1 Winterbottom on Saturday, only one Group 1 race in Australia remains to be decided this year.
That race is the Kingston Town Classic this week at Ascot for which classy West Australian Perfect Reflection is the current favourite.
Ipswich racing continues on Friday before reverting to a Wednesday meeting on December 7.
From December 16, there are four consecutive Friday meetings through the festive period prior to a rare Saturday meeting on January 14.