Bubbly flows as female jockeys sparkle at Ipswich Racetrack

FEMALE apprentice jockey Rikki Jamieson started a good day for the women at Ipswich last Friday when she was successful on Champagne Eloping in the second race.

The three-year-old filly collected her maiden win at her fifth start for Eagle Farm trainer Chris Anderson. She defeated the Matt Kropp-trained Strong Black.

Strong Black was ridden by Ruby Ride to give the female jockeys a quinella, which began a day dominated by the female riders.

Race three resulted in another quinella for female jockeys. Tegan Harrison won the race aboard Rosenet for trainer Bruce Hill and Priscilla Schmidt guided Irresistible Me into second placing.

The next female jockey in the winner's list was Skye Bogenhuber.

She won the sixth race of the day aboard the Michael Nolan-trained Outback Grande.

This Toowoomba-trained galloper is owned by Toowoomba Turf Club chairman Bob Frappell and continued a good run of success for him at Ipswich.

The Toowoomba Turf Club is looking forward to a re-commencement of racing on the new Strathayr Turf Track where the comeback meeting is scheduled for New Year's Eve.

The final female jockey winner for the day last Friday was Cassie Schmidt. She won the last race of the day aboard the Robert Heathcote-trained La Frisson Belle to continue on her good form at Ipswich following the previous week's winning double.

Another female winner on last Friday's program was Gold Coast trainer Gillian Heinrich, who collected the fourth race of the day with Set Afire.

Bell hits front

JOCKEY Tim Bell rode Set Afire in the fourth race and followed up that win in the fifth race aboard Anonymous Kitty for trainer Kelly Schweida.

The winning double moved Bell to 12 season wins, which promoted him to a clear premiership lead by one over Michael Cahill. Jim Byrne was one win further back in third position.

One person delighted with the win of Anonymous Kitty was part-owner and Racing Queensland chairman Kevin Dixon who regularly races horses at Ipswich under the care of trainer Kelly Schweida. That win pushed Schweida level with Robert Heathcote atop the trainers premiership at Ipswich.

However, Heathcote later struck back in the final race with La Frisson Belle to go back to a clear lead.

Ipswich track upgrade

RACING Queensland has clearly displayed its intention for the Ipswich Racetrack to continue as a vital cog in the Queensland racing program by scheduling track maintenance for the Bundamba facility early in the new year.

An upgrade to the course proper will necessitate a transfer of meetings away from Ipswich from around the middle of February.

Racing will recommence at Ipswich in late April, seven weeks prior to the Ipswich Cup on June 14.

Saturday meeting

AFTER the past two weeks of large Friday meetings leading into Christmas, there is racing again this week at Ipswich on Friday.

The Swich On group again raised valuable charity funds last Friday. They showed a perfect of example of a group enjoying a race day, sharing camaraderie with festive spirit and raising much-needed charity funds.

After this Friday's quieter meeting, the next Ipswich meeting is on Saturday, January 4, to kick off the new year.

Subsequent to that meeting, there will be Friday racing throughout the remainder of January.

On behalf of the committee and staff of the Ipswich Turf Club, the ITC wishes all members, licensees and patrons a peaceful and merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.