IN THE CLEAR: Agora, ridden by jockey Emma Ljung, claimed Race 5 during a successful day at Ipswich racecourse on Saturday.
IN THE CLEAR: Agora, ridden by jockey Emma Ljung, claimed Race 5 during a successful day at Ipswich racecourse on Saturday. David Nielsen

Gai wins at Ipswich

THERE was nothing unusual about Gai Waterhouse winning a race in Queensland on Magic Millions Day.

However, it was unusual Waterhouse's win was at Ipswich with Sweet Redemption, a filly ridden by apprentice Travis Wolfgram.

The Waterhouse stable has often seen winning at the Gold Coast on Magic Millions Day over the years and with the prize money on Saturday more than $10 million at the Gold Coast, the stable was well represented with Slumber Party in the $2 million race for two year olds.

It was unusual then the success that the powerful Sydney-based stable had in Queensland on the day was at Ipswich in a $16,000 race.

Connections later explained that after a disappointing run last time in the Vo Rogue at the Gold Coast, Sweet Redemption needed a confidence booster and to be taught to settle behind the speed.

That was exactly what happened as Travis Wolfgram settled the filly behind the leading pair and off the fence waiting to peel out three wide prior to the turn before moving away for a comfortable win.

The $10,400 winning purse took the earnings of Sweet Redemption to $65,000 with a promise of quite a bit more to come.

Another impressive winner at Ipswich was Torbay in the last race of the day. The four-year-old gelding by Street Cry showed an affinity for Ipswich as his record moved to two wins and a second from three starts at the Bundamba track.

Saturday's win was over a mile and Torbay indicated a liking for the extra distance.

Jockey Scott Galloway was full of praise for the galloper after the race noting that he is a smart horse and one to follow in future especially as he moves to middle distances.

In all it was a good start to 2016 at the Ipswich racetrack.

Perfect weather and large fields on an eight-race card resulted in a good attendance, the highest Tote turnover since the 2015 Ipswich Cup Day, and the food and beverage service points were busy all day.

The racing was keen and without incident, and the win by a Waterhouse galloper added that something special to the first day of racing at Ipswich for 2016.

Racing at Ipswich continues tomorrow followed by another Wednesday meeting next week as Ipswich Turf Club prepares for the 150th anniversary of Jibboom winning the Ipswich Cup of 1866.


Millions Day delivers

On the Gold Coast on Saturday, it was the race meeting with the highest prize money across Australia for the year and the result was impressive.

A large attendance, full fields jam-packed with class and perfect weather combined for a super day of racing.

The only issue was the delay of the first few races after an incident at the start of the first involving the favourite and eventual winner Wolf Cry from the Sydney-based Snowden stable.

Wolf Cry was ridden by former Melbourne Cup winner Blake Shinn as was two year old Millions winner Capitalist from the same stable.

Capitalist lived up to the big wraps on him as he destroyed the field bounding away from the rest of the field in the straight for an easy victory.

Other highlights on Magic Millions Day were wins by Group 1 winners Buffering, Tinto and Lucky Hussler.

Damian Browne rode the first two of these winners at his only rides for the day and showed again why he is probably the leading Queensland rider.

Triple Melbourne Cup winner Glen Boss rode Lucky Hussler before Brad Rawiller rode the classy Mahuta in the Guineas for Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir.