Ipswich track record under threat
NO trainer would go to a race meeting feeling confident that his or her runner could break the track record.
The Park Ridge based trainer Ray Burman might be the exception to the rule as he heads to Ipswich tomorrow night.
Burman has his kennel star Champagne Sally lining up from box eight in the $7,500 Past Members Trophy over 630 metres.
Champagne Sally holds the record for that distance at 36.68. She did that from box one in October last year.
Two months later the daughter of Barcia Bale and Bizarre Baby broke the Ipswich 520 metres record, also from box one, with a run of 29.97.
Both records still stand.
Burman has implemented an unusual racing schedule for Champagne Sally this week.
She finished a close fifth in the Chicka Scott Appreciation Stake down the Capalaba 366 metres straight course last Saturday.
Then on Monday night at Albion Park she ran second over 395 metres.
Versatility is one of Champagne Sally's many assets. She will be a crowd favourite for tomorrow night's race for sure.
Burman won the Past Members Trophy last year with Dream Blaster who is a full or litter brother to Champagne Sally. Dream Blaster is still racing, winning at Capalaba last Saturday.
The dog is not racing tomorrow night.
Wide open Derby
TOMORROW'S Ipswich card includes the finals of the Futurity and Derby, each a race carrying $12,000 in prizemoney.
The Derby looks wide open.
I'll go for the Joanne Price trained Infrared Star who was a strong finishing heat winner in 31.05. That was the slower of the two heats, the other winner being the Casey Dargusch trained Big Hero Six who scored in 30.93.
The only trainer with a runner in the Derby who has won it before is Tony Brett. He won with Gatchelo in 2005 and Withcott Warrior in 2011.
Brett's runner tomorrow night is Regal Recall from box six.
The dog's third placing in a heat was a tidy enough effort.
THE Ipswich Futurity for female greyhounds features the Joanne Price trained Crazy Bella as the favourite following a quick beginning for an all the way heat win in 30.60.
Crazy Bella did that from box three and is drawn in two for the final.
Crazy Bella (Bella Infrared - Vixon Lass) is a litter sister to Derby candidate Infrared Star.
I will predict that Price can win both races.
No runner with a Futurity finalist has won the race before.
Racing tomorrow night commences at 5.44pm.
I will be sharing the racecalling duties with John Brasch in what will be my last calls at Ipswich before retirement.
It will be nice to catch up with some club members who will be in attendance for the occasion of the Past Members Memorial race.
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