TOP RIDE: Anthony Allen rode Behind The Thistle to victory in Race 6 at Ipswich on Saturday.
TOP RIDE: Anthony Allen rode Behind The Thistle to victory in Race 6 at Ipswich on Saturday. Cordell Richardson

A 'Gold Coast' stranglehold

THERE was racing for a second consecutive Saturday at Ipswich on the weekend as the rich Magic Millions Day was contested at the Gold Coast.

It meant there were a number of Gold Coast gallopers entered at Ipswich and there was a good share of coastal winners.

Including Ballina's Stephen Lee there were four South Coast winners in the first five races. These included Lee's Nothingforthepress ridden by Ryan Plumb and Future Event for John Zielke and Anthony Allen.

There was also a double of riding wins on Gold Coast horses for apprentice Carly Frater-Hill who was aboard John Wallace's Richest, and Brad Witt's Burning Success.

The Gold Coast stranglehold was broken by Warwick's Les Clarke as jockey Anthony Allen picked up a winning double aboard Behind the Thistle after the early win aboard Future Event.

Happy as Larry - Melbourne Cup Tinge at Ipswich

There were a couple of reminders of yesteryear Melbourne Cups on Saturday at Ipswich. In the first race trainer John Wallace was successful and brought back memories of his Ipswich Cup winner Oompala in 1994, a horse that went on to run third to Jeune in the Melbourne Cup of the same year.

John Wallace has been able to find a top class galloper over the years with Shootout almost a decade ago perhaps being the most talented of all.

Shootout won an AJC Derby and placed in the Cox Plate behind the terrific racehorse So You Think.

Later on in the day the win of Wicked Mama for trainer Pat Duff and jockey Miki Nakao brought back memories of the 1987 Melbourne Cup winner Kensei who was in that year ridden by Larry Olsen.

Larry happened to be the sole owner of Wicked Mama and was at Ipswich on Saturday, very much enjoying his return to the Bundamba track after retiring from Sky race commentary a few years ago.

The starting price of $23 helped very much to put a smile on Larry's face as the maiden win came after four previously unplaced career starts.

Larry expected to again return to Ipswich in a Class 1 event at some time soon and was off to speak to trainer Pat Duff about future plans for the galloper.

Apprentices Hold Their Own

More than half of the winners at Ipswich on Saturday went to apprentice jockeys as they showed up their senior counterparts.

Apart from the Carly Frater-Hill double of wins, Miki Nakao aboard Wicked Mama, Jed Hodge on Temujin's Moon, and Clayton Gallagher aboard Sunny St Cloud were junior riding winners at Ipswich.

It is not often that the apprentices out-ride senior riders at Ipswich so Saturday was a day to savour for the juniors.

Winner a Month for Lawrie

Eagle Farm trainer Lawrie Mayfield-Smith continued his winning run at Ipswich on Saturday as Sunny St Cloud continued his 10% record in recent months.

In fact after the race, Laurie could not recount his last loss at Ipswich with the stable winning four in the past four months. Punters would be smart to continue following the stable after the recent run of success at Ipswich.

Next Race Meetings

Ipswich Racing continues this Friday January 18 and is followed by Thursday 24th, and Wednesday 30th. The first February meeting is the Member's Day on Wednesday the sixth of that month.