Master and apprentice take out Ipswich prizemoney
IPSWICH Cup-winning jockey Michael Cahill will celebrate in the same fashion in which he won on Saturday.
Claiming his first Cup win on Victorian fast-finisher Self Sense, Cahill admitted his celebration would include indulging in some fast food.
"I've got races tomorrow so I can't celebrate too much,” Cahill said.
"I'll probably go out for a hamburger after the races.”
Backed by punters as the favourite, Self Sense delivered with a seven-length finish against an international field of competitors.
Blown away by the victory, Cahill believed the soft track had played a part in the six-year-old's dominant performance.
"I was really surprised,” he said.
"He really excelled on the rain-affected ground.
"He's obviously a horse that appreciates being in Queensland during the winter and he's doing really well in this climate.”
A three-time winner of the Gai Waterhouse Classic, Cahill's ride on Saturday completed the Ipswich trifecta.
Having previously raced for champion trainers Gai Waterhouse, Peter Moody and Bart Cummings it was David Brideoake for whom he finally delivered.
"I won an Eye Liner about 20 years ago when I first moved to Queensland,” Cahill said.
"That was on my South Australian horse Corregidor in 1997 but I haven't won an Ipswich Cup before.
"It was a great thrill to be able to win it today.”
With all three big races to his name, Cahill said he was looking forward to his next appearance in Ipswich.
"I'm a big fan of the track,” he said.
"I've been coming here a lot in the 21 years that I've been here in Queensland.
"I've had a lot of winners and a lot of success.”
Favourite Self Sense finished six and three- quarters length ahead of top weight Benzini, with last year's runner-up Jumbo Prince third.
Brisbane's leading apprentice jockey Tiffani Brooker claimed the second biggest race of the day by a head in the City of Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes.
Making the most of a last-minute call-up, Brooker rode Monsieur Gustave to victory for trainer Darryl Hansen.
Starting at 17-1, Monsieur Gustave won ahead of another outsider In His Stride, with Federal third.