WINNING OMEN: Jockey Michael Hellyer enjoys his win on Grey Opinion at Friday’s Ipswich race meeting.
WINNING OMEN: Jockey Michael Hellyer enjoys his win on Grey Opinion at Friday’s Ipswich race meeting. David Nielsen

Choosing grey lucky for ladies

IT was the Swichette's Ladies Day at the Ipswich race meeting last week and during a fun-filled afternoon raising funds for charity, the ladies attending the meeting chose a number of strategies to select their favourites for each race.

One such strategy was to look at the colour of the horse. Grey was the favoured colour for a number of the ladies.

This strategy paid off early as Grey Opinion collected the prize in the second race for trainer Bill Baker and jockey Michael Hellyer pleasing a number of patrons on course.

At around $10, this winner set up a number of punters for the afternoon.


Orman's treble

APPRENTICE Jim Orman collected another winning treble last Friday for the third consecutive meeting at Ipswich to continue his surge of form.

Orman had wins aboard Slalom for Ipswich trainer Brett Sturgess, Falchion for Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick, and Beckoning Light for Brisbane trainer Robert Heathcote.

This took Orman to 22 season wins to be just one behind Tegan Harrison, who rode another winner on Friday as well.

This winner for Harrison allowed her to retain her slender lead at the top of the jockey's premiership ladder. It was aboard Tony Gollan's Suite Mover.

With more than a third of the season remaining, the win gave last season's premier trainer a tally to date of 26 - the same amount as last year's winning number.

It would seem the current form of apprentice Orman will see him move to the lead of the Ipswich ladder in the near future, despite outriding his claim.

Harrison continues to ride regular winners. However with the form that the young apprentice is in, Harrison will need to continue riding regular winners to stave off the title challenge.


Friday meeting

LAST week was the first Friday meeting at Ipswich since October .

This week is another to give a taste of what it will be like at Ipswich in the new season. It is at this time that Ipswich will revert to predominantly Friday meetings following a period of racing mostly on metropolitan Wednesdays to cover for the prolonged outage of Eagle Farm.


Super Saturday

AFTER three Group 1 races were decided on Saturday across the country, the spotlight is on Flemington this week as the Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap are contested on the Victorian Autumn version of Super Saturday.

There then remains only one more Group 1 race in Victoria for the remainder of the carnival in the William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in a fortnight.

The placegetters from the Lightning are the favourites for the Newmarket (Chautauqua, Japonisme and Terravista).

Bow Creek holds sway at the top of the Australian Cup market.

On Saturday, the Coolmore Stud Classic for fillies and mares is contested at Rosehill prior to the Rosehill Super Saturday in a fortnight when there are no fewer than five Group 1 races on the day.

The Group 1 winners on the weekend were all three year olds in Palentino (Australian Guineas), Le Romain (Randwick Guineas) and Holler (Canterbury Stakes).

Le Romain was at $25 in a boilover defeating odds on favourite Press Statement and Holler and Palentino were also at decent odds as they got home leaving warm favourites First Seal and Extravagant in their wakes.

The run of Tarzino was not to be missed as his rider fired in an unsuccessful protest against Palentino.

That effort augers well for the Victoria Derby winner in an upcoming suitable race such as the Australian Derby in a few weeks.

Another run of a galloper working into form was that of the Chris Waller's Sydney Spring star three-year-old Vanbrugh, who came from 14th on the turn into sixth position over the Flemington mile indicating he is nearing full fitness.