JOCKEYING FOR POSITIONS: Riders and their horses round the first bend in the 2150m Optus Handicap at Bundamba race track at last Thursday’s meeting.
JOCKEYING FOR POSITIONS: Riders and their horses round the first bend in the 2150m Optus Handicap at Bundamba race track at last Thursday’s meeting. Claudia Baxter

NSW's Dunn bucks trend with Ipswich double win

MURWILLUMBAH-based trainer Matt Dunn made the interstate journey to Ipswich last Thursday for terrific reward.

Dunn had two runners for the day and returned to NSW with two winners.

Glen Colless was booked for both mounts but was unavailable to ride, leaving successful pick-up rides for Ryan Wiggins on Count Apollo and Jim Byrne on Star Pass.

Currently with around 140 gallopers in his stable, Dunn became the first interstate trainer to do so when he won the 2011 Ipswich Trainer's Premiership.

He has not been visiting Ipswich with as many gallopers in recent times after prize money for NSW races was increased, preferring rather to attend northern NSW meetings for the higher cash.

Places such as Murwillumbah, Ballina, Coffs Harbour and Lismore are not far from Dunn's base and the higher prize money in NSW result in these centres being an obvious target for trainers.

This is one of the issues facing Racing Queensland.

In an attempt to continue attracting gallopers to Queensland provincial meetings, the prize money on offer needs to be competitive with that in NSW.

But this is difficult for Racing Queensland to be able to juggle funding of competing industry stakeholders.

As well as the prize money, race clubs seek higher subsidies, jockeys seek higher riding fees, breeders seek higher bonuses, and so on. This creates a difficult position for the control body from a limited pot of funds.

 

Beneficial meeting

WHILE it was a quiet meeting at Ipswich last Thursday, there was a clear example from Cairns as to why Ipswich no longer races almost every Friday as was the case over the past few years.

The Cairns Amateurs two-day carnival on Friday and Saturday again attracted thousands, putting on a great display of thoroughbred racing celebration.

A dozen Friday dates were replaced at Ipswich with other midweek days across the year.

Everyone understands the difficulty in attracting patrons to a race meeting on midweek days of Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, though it is important for the overall industry to create opportunities for regional clubs to make the most of particularly suitable dates throughout the year.

Friday racing is back at Ipswich over the next three weeks before the big race day on the Labour Day public holiday on October 7.

 

Trainer Bryan Guy, jockey Michael Cahill and apprentice jockey Tegan Harrison were presented with their awards by Ipswich Turf Club treasurer Liam Tansey and committeeman Brian Dwyer.
Trainer Bryan Guy, jockey Michael Cahill and apprentice jockey Tegan Harrison were presented with their awards by Ipswich Turf Club treasurer Liam Tansey and committeeman Brian Dwyer. Trackside Photography

Special presentation

THE 2013 Ipswich Premiership winners were honoured with a presentation last Thursday.

Trainer Bryan Guy, jockey Michael Cahill and apprentice jockey Tegan Harrison were presented with their awards by Ipswich Turf Club treasurer Liam Tansey and committeeman Brian Dwyer.

It is the second award for Gold Coast-based Guy after finishing on top in 2011.

Harrison also collected her second in as many years. This one was more special to her as she did not have a claim during the season.

 

Cup favourite

DESPITE being narrowly defeated by Foreteller in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes on Saturday at Flemington, Puissance De Lune remains Melbourne Cup favourite at $5.

Some were disappointed at the second placing of the exciting grey galloper although as trainer Darren Weir said, Puissance de Lune's main target is two months away. He has a great deal of improvement in him yet. To be just beaten in a Group 1 mile race at weight for age in the lead-up to other major targets was a super feat by this galloper.

Apart from the placegetters in the Makybe Diva Stakes, the most eye-catching run around Australia from a Cups point of view was the easy win by Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur in the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick.

It is a long way from Ipswich but the feat of Brazilian jockey Joe Moreira in Singapore last Friday night should be mentioned.

On the nine-race card, Moreira amazingly rode eight winners, being ineligible for the only other race as it was an apprentice's challenge race.



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