Race on for Ipswich jockey's crown
FORMER globetrotting jockey Jeff Lloyd collected his 13th winner for the season at Ipswich when Truculent won the QT Cannonball heat for Sunshine Coast trainer Gary Duncan.
On a big day of quality racing, there were nine races including the Listed Keith Noud Handicap with $260,000 of prize money up for grabs.
The track last Wednesday started with a soft 7 rating but was upgraded under bright sunshine following an absence of rain to a perfect soft 5 for the latter half of the card.
The stirring early season battle for jockey supremacy continued as Lloyd secured his win aboard Truculent to move even with fellow former South African Robbie Fradd on 13 season wins apiece.
This was after Fradd had taken the clear lead in the previous race aboard Pegapus for Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn.
Fradd was returning to riding at Ipswich after a suspension-enforced absence of a couple of weeks.
He was later pleased to still hold top billing with one third of the season completed.
Fradd again gave the Ipswich track a big wrap and also had a laugh while explaining that he is looking over his shoulder at Jimmy who "just won't go away”.
This statement was in reference to multiple Ipswich Premiership winning Jim Byrne who collected a winning double last Wednesday with the Tony Gollan pair Justify and All Important.
In the process Byrne moved to 12 season wins, just one win behind Fradd and Lloyd, neither of whom have previously collected an Ipswich Premiership.
Byrne's two winners helped Gollan to a winning treble for the day.
Prue's Angel won the first for the stable moving the trainer to 13 season wins, well clear of Robert Heathcote, Toby Edmonds, and Ben Currie who are level second with seven.
THERE will only be two Listed level open sprint races at Ipswich this year and both have been collected by Sunshine Coast galloper Monsieur Gustave for trainer Darryl Hansen and jockey Tiff Brooker.
After narrowly winning the Eye Liner Stakes in June on Ipswich Cup Day, the same galloper brilliantly took the transferred Keith Noud Quality last Wednesday in a dominant display.
After leading all the way, Monsieur Gustave moved up a gear in the final 150 metres to win easily by almost three lengths and with a bit left in the tank.
The time was smart as well breaking 1.10 on a soft 5 rated track.
Monsieur Gustave won the Listed Glasshouse at the Sunshine Coast in July, after collecting the Eye Liner, and before heading for a spell.
His latest effort was the first back from that spell giving the galloper three consecutive Listed race wins, with two of them at Ipswich.
Prize money of in excess of $250,000 has flowed into the connections bank accounts from those three races.
After the race, the owners were asking the trainer if there was another race at Ipswich to target as it was becoming their favourite track.
Ipswich racing is on Friday as the festive December season gets under way. There are strong bookings for race day revellers in the lead-up to Christmas with three Friday meetings on December 1, 15 and 22.There are two Wednesday programs as well on December 6 and 27.