Perfect day out at Ipswich track
ON an unusual day of Sunday racing, a number of trainers and jockeys enjoyed 100% records at Ipswich.
The first to produce such a record was Skanda, which won the second race of the day.
Skanda's Eagle Farm-based trainer Brad Herne made the trip for one galloper, who collected his maiden win at his sixth start.
Jockey Brad Pengelly, who rode Skanda, was a winner at his only ride after his remaining booked rides were among those scratched.
Warwick based John McMahon was another to return home with a 100% record as his only entrant at Ipswich was Via Con Dios, which collected the major prize in the last race of the day.
Another to collect a 100% record was Gold Coast trainer Bryan Guy who had two runners.
His winners were American Hero and Planet America, two smart looking three-year-olds both sired by All American.
Both of these gallopers were ridden by Paul Hammersley, who finished with a treble for the day after also winning aboard Sienna Son for Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears.
Sienna Son helped trainer Sears to claim the most impressive performance from the training ranks, ensuring the trip down the range was well worth it. He had a 100% record of three winners from three starters for the stable.
The other two Sears stable winners were Rock Me Crazy and Cuban Fury.
A $10 all up wager on these three Sears runners would have returned a healthy dividend of over $4000 for any punter who follows the stable.
Apprentice jockey Jim Orman was another to collect a perfect record from his three rides.
Two rides were aboard the Tony Sears gallopers Rock Me Crazy and Cuban Fury. His other was in the last race on Via Con Dios to signal a strong return to form.
Supporters of this talented apprentice would have been in for a bigger payday as an all up bet of $10 on his three rides would have returned in excess of $8500.
Orman moved to second on the Ipswich Premiership with this treble. He has 16 wins.
Tegan Harrison remains atop the ladder after her win aboard Kevin Kemp's Caracas took her season tally to 21 wins.
Multiple Ipswich premiership winning jockey Jim Byrne remains within range of the lead despite missing out on a win on Sunday.
Of his four rides he collected three seconds, including a dismissed protest in the last for a somewhat frustrating day for him.
AFTER an unusual Sunday meeting, and a Wednesday race meeting prior to that, this week Ipswich racing is on Thursday.
After that, a Friday meeting is planned on March 4 - the first at Ipswich since October.
Racing Queensland programmers have guaranteed a majority of Fridays for Ipswich in the new season after Eagle Farm is back racing from May.
TEAM Hawkes stable collected another Group 1 success on Saturday as brilliant sprinter Chautauqua added a third Group 1 win to his record by winning the Lightning Stakes.
The disappointment of the race was three-year-old Exosphere, who struggled into fourth although he may have been a victim again of Flemington track bias.
Chautauqua, who was drawn inside with Exosphere, dropped out at the start prior to moving to the extreme outside of the track - the place where winners were coming from on Saturday at Flemington.
This weekend there is dual state Group 1 racing.
The Chipping Norton is contested at Randwick where superstar mare Winx will be a firm favourite as she progresses towards her major target of the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes on April 9.
At Caulfield, the Group 1 races are the Blue Diamond, Futurity Stakes, and Oakleigh Plate.