Dogwatch: Smart money on Maroon runners in Lismore Cup
IF YOU'RE looking for the winner of tonight's Group 2 Lismore Cup final, go no further than the Queensland trained runners.
There have been 17 Lismore Cups run since 1997 and Queenslanders have won, would you believe, 13 of them?
Given that the locals have, well, plenty of local knowledge, that's a staggering strike rate for the "Maroons".
The New South Wales trained winners since 1997 have been Rapid Journey (1998), Bright Ebony (2001), Genista Gemini (2006) and Chachi (2010).
The Queenslanders to salute, from 1997, have been Roanokee, Toolibuk, Yo Yo's Boy, Bogie Leigh, Fool's State, Que, Carnage Maker, Whirly Bird, Robo Raptor, Duffy, Ima Geisha Girl, Regal Lauryn and last year Yogi Blue.
The Queensland runners for tonight's $40,000 to the winner Cup are Fabulous Storm (box 5), Simpatico (box 6) and Hopping Houdini (box 8).
Glenn Smith's Simpatico and Fabulous Storm for Reg Hazelgrove ran second in their heats last Friday while Amy O'Reilly's Hopping Houdini was a long priced heat winner in 30.50.
O'Reilly's father Peter trained Yogi Blue who won the Cup final last year.
Hazelgrove has stamped his mark on the race previously with the wins of Carnage Maker in 2007 and Whirly Bird in 2008.
You can expect many of the Lismore Cup runners to head to Ipswich next month for the City of Ipswich Gold Cup on November 7 and 14.
LAST Sunday's Ipswich Magical Puppy Auction achieved a very good result.
A total of 225 pups were sold or bought back for figures ranging from $800 to $6,500.
The gross sale amount was $430,150 for an average of $1,911.
"The last couple of years the average has been around $1,500 so this is a terrific result," Ipswich G.R.C. manager Merv Page said.
The sale topper was a buy back by Daniel Henry of a Shakey Jakey - Tina's Show bitch for $6,250.
Page said bidding was quite slow in the morning then picked up momentum.
"Perhaps a 9.30am start is too early for some people but we have to do that to finish by a respectable hour," Page explained.
"There were only eight withdrawals from the 233 lots nominated, there's usually a higher ratio than that."
The Ipswich club, with the support of the Rosewood and District Community Bank, has underwritten the 2017 version of the sale related race to the tune of first prizemoney of $70,000, a significant increase from the current level of $40,000.
LOWOOD based trainer Peter Ruetschi achieved a career best four winners at the Ipswich race meeting last Saturday night.
Ruetschi doesn't have any starters at today's twilight meeting.
But he will be in action tomorrow night at the Showgrounds with three runners in heats of the lucrative Corporate Dollars Challenge series.
His runners are last start winners Tokyo Swift and Flying Circus, as well as Darcy's Curse - a winner two starts ago.
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