Trainer's top Ipswich record
JACOBS Well based trainer Bevan Laming continued his impressive strike rate at Ipswich with a win from his only starter for the day.
Ridden by apprentice Sally Sweeney, Don't Play Around had a short margin to spare on the line over Oakey visitor Duble Meaning, for trainer Bradley Hudson.
Don't Play Around collected her third career win last Friday, although surprisingly for a runner from the Laming stable, it was the first from three tries at Ipswich.
The secret according to the trainer was the softer racing surface on Friday, after heavy irrigation in the previous week on the track.
Grounds staff at the Ipswich Turf Club took the irrigation approach along with extensive aerating of the track following a dry period, which included a number of frosts taking a toll.
Laming is one who regularly races at Ipswich, as well as arranging track gallops for his stable stars, including subsequent Stradbroke Handicap winner St Basil, Brisbane Cup winner Crossthestart, two- year-old black type winner Ringa Ringa Rosie and Banca Mo, who narrowly missed the 2015 Ipswich Cup.
Laming has reduced his stable size in recent years and has also reduced the number of runners at Ipswich, partly as a result of the changed track condition since the Racing Queensland repair works of 2014.
Those works dramatically changed the racing surface at Ipswich to be much firmer in dry times - a trait that the Laming stable sees as a backwards step.
However, the heavy irrigation and original soft 5 rating on Friday was perfect for Don't Play Around.
Fradd takes lead
A SMART-looking galloper named Splitz won first up at Ipswich on Friday giving the Tony Gollan stable their second Ipswich winner for the season.
This win moved Gollan to the top of the Trainer's Premiership ladder alongside last week's double winning John Zielke.
Robbie Fradd collected his third win of the new season with Splitz to be a clear leader on the jockey's ladder. There was word around prior to the race that Splitz was a talented galloper and the authoritative performance along with the short tote starting price of $1.40 confirmed the ability of the Sepoy three-year-old.
Though he was no match for the winner, four-year-old Maxwell ran second behind Splitz. That gave connections, who include ITC member Peter Leschke, reason to hope for a win soon.
Speaking of pleasing results for ITC members, Dr Allan Byrnes and Dr Steven Parkes are part owners of Venetian Beauty who collected a long overdue win at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
This four-year-old mare led all the way over the 1800 metre trip of the "Thanks Mick From SCTC" Handicap to win easily by a three length margin.
The race was in honour of retiring, and highly respected Mick Sullivan who has been CEO of the Sunshine Coast Turf Club for 17 years, delivering superb results during that time.
ON the verge of the 2017 Spring Carnival in the southern states, the astounding effort by Australian horse of the year Winx at Randwick on Saturday gave her 18th straight wins in claiming her second consecutive Group 2 Warwick Stakes. This was a sensational way to raise awareness of the nearing of the carnival commencement.
After Winx reared at the start and came out five lengths behind the second last horse, jockey Hugh Bowman remained calm, steadily making up the lost ground before a well-timed run out wide from the turn put the mighty mare in front inside the final 20 metres. Winx reportedly broke 32 seconds for the final 600 metres as her record goes from strength to strength.
Ipswich racing continues on Friday prior to another Wednesday date on August 30.
In September, there's two Wednesday meetings (6th and 27th), a Friday program (15th) and the major Metropolitan