Brisbane-based jockey Ryan Wiggins with his breakthrough win on Sequajake in last Friday’s race at the Ipswich Turf Club.
Brisbane-based jockey Ryan Wiggins with his breakthrough win on Sequajake in last Friday’s race at the Ipswich Turf Club. Sarah Harvey

Maiden win against odds

FOUR-year-old gelding Sequajake brought up a well-deserved maiden win in the four-year-old maiden over 1350 metres at Ipswich last Friday.

It was a full eight-race card with strong fields and more than 100 acceptors and Beaudesert-based trainer Ben Ahrens was well pleased to pick up a winner's cheque with Sequajake.

It was Sequajake's ninth race start. He has been close to the money in the previous eight starts which yielded six minor placings, a fourth and a sixth placing.

Brisbane-based Ryan Wiggins took the mount on Sequajake with that being his only placegetter of three rides for the day.

Ben Ahrens only had Sequajake in on Friday so went home to Beaudesert with the best possible result.

Munce picks up treble

FORMER Ipswich premiership winner and Melbourne Cup winner Chris Munce had a treble of winners on Friday at Ipswich.

It is not unusual for Munce to ride multiple winners on a race day. However, the unusual part of Friday's effort was that the only two horses that Munce was listed as riding at the start of the day were both unplaced.

The winning treble for the top jock unusually came from three pick-up rides.

The first was a replacement for Ric McMahon aboard Anonymous Kitty in the first race for Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida.

That win was followed by two other pick-up rides aboard Tail of a Diva for Desleigh Forster in the fourth race and Prince Dat for Michael Nolan in the sixth race.

It is an honour to have Chris Munce riding at Ipswich as he is one of the few Australian riders to have won the big four major races of Golden Slipper, Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.

Add in two Ipswich premierships along with countless other premiership and major wins and the 44-year-old has truly had a sparkling career.

Munce is an easy-to-get-along-with jockey who is always willing to help promote the sport of racing and who is often seen flashing his customary broad grin.

After a health scare 12 months ago, it seems that Chris Munce is back on top of his game and ready to ride many more winners into the future.

Buffering best sprinter

THE Robert Heathcote trained Buffering made it three Group 1 wins on Saturday in taking out the Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in Perth.

Former Ipswich winner Buffering managed to just hold off the Peter Moody trained Moment of Change to record his third consecutive win in a Group 1 race.

After running 10 placings in his first 14 Group 1 races, it took until his 15th start at the top level in the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley in October to finally stamp himself as a Group 1 winner.

After taking so long to pick one up, it seems easy for "Buff" as next start he won the VRC Sprint on the final day of the Flemington Carnival, and then on to Saturday's Winterbottom to give three in a row.

Buffering is a winner of more than $4 million, including $1.5 million from his past three Group 1 wins.

After being highly competitive for three years at Group 1 level, Buffering is suddenly being seen as the best current sprinter in Australia. It appears he's getting better with age. This is due reward for the Heathcote stable which has had a remarkable Spring with southern success for Solzenhitson and Fire Up Fifi who again placed on Saturday in the Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ascot behind Luckygray.

It was the second win in the race for Luckygray who also placed second last year. In two weeks, Luckygray will be in the Kingston Town Classic at much shorter odds than the $26 that was on offer for Saturday. Luckygray won the Kingston Town last year.

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