Why Ipswich should take a bow

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ipswich Cup-winning jockey Michael Cahill and assistant trainer Alex Woodhams raise the trophy at Saturday's big day.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Ipswich Cup-winning jockey Michael Cahill and assistant trainer Alex Woodhams raise the trophy at Saturday's big day. David Nielsen

THE city of Ipswich again displayed the traditional spirit as well as exemplary behaviour at another huge Ipswich Cup race meeting on Saturday.

While there were a handful of issues as you would expect among 20,000 people across the course, police and security feedback was overwhelmingly positive in relation to behaviour.

First-time interstate visitors to the track were astounded at the number of people along the rail on both sides of the track all the way down the straight.

The sight from the grandstand of the Cup field surrounded by onlookers over the last 300 metres of the race was extraordinary.

That sight is one that is probably unrivalled anywhere in Australia.

International flavour

THE latest Ipswich Cup meeting had an international flavour.

The day kicked off with former South African Robbie Fradd collecting the first of a winning double aboard Bettabet Red for trainer Louise White from the Sunshine Coast.

Fradd later won on premiership-leading trainer Tony Gollan's Lord Coconuts.

In the second race, it was New Zealand's turn as William Wallace won for trainers Adrian and Harry Bull, being ridden by Tegan Harrison.

The big international news was in the fourth and ninth races of the day as former champion jockey Darren Beadman trained two winners for the Dubai based Godolphin stable.

Beadman was visibly thrilled at the each of the wins, which were the first for the Sheik at Ipswich.

Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Corey Brown recently returned from a four-year stint in Singapore. He was aboard the first winner for the Godolphin "Blue Army" with Revenire.

In the last race it was the turn of former South African Jeff Lloyd aboard Maternal for the same stable.

Lloyd rode with Beadman in Hong Kong a couple of decades ago and was pleased to give his old mate the winning ride on Maternal.

As well as the international flavour, winners came from around South East Queensland.

Louise White, from the Sunshine Coast, collected the first.

Ben Currie, from Toowoomba, enjoyed a win from With a Promise ridden by apprentice Michael Murphy.

Beaudesert's Kelvin Hickmott won with War Baby by six lengths under Larry Cassidy.

Another Sunshine Coast trainer Darryl Hansen won the Eyeliner Stakes with Monsieur Gustave under apprentice Tiffany Brooker.

Favourite romps in

VICTORIAN galloper Self Sense, trained by David Brideoak and ridden by Michael Cahill, hadn't won a race in two and half years.

However, everything fell into place on Saturday in the Ipswich Cup.

Self Sense was heavily and confidently backed from double figure odds into $3.40 favouritism before winning by seven lengths in a romp down the straight.

Connections put the sharp improvement down to a combination of the suitable soft track, the minimum weight, a perfect ride by Cahill, and an ideal barrier draw two. The six-year-old revelled in the conditions.

Group one racing

ONLY the Tattersalls Winter Stakes this weekend remains to complete Queensland Group 1 racing for 2017.

After the Doomben meeting, the carnival comes to a close at the Sunshine Coast Caloundra Cup meeting on July 1.

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