Romeo delivers new trainer first victory

SELINA Leef got to enjoy one of the many milestones aspiring trainers aim to achieve throughout their careers as she secured her first win last Wednesday.

Pietro Romeo also landed his first win at Ipswich Racecourse when the Leef-trained Who's That Cat won the City of Ipswich Handicap (2170m).

Romeo rode the perfect race from barrier three, settling the long shot in third position just behind the leaders, before making a well-time run to prevail by half-a-head, chasing down pre-race favourite Royaltown Road.

The step up in trip seemed to be the right choice for Who's That Cat as rookie Deagon trainer Leef got to celebrate her first win since obtaining her trainer's licence just a few weeks ago.

Leading jockey Jim Byrne was the only jockey to ride a double at Ipswich, with his first two rides producing winners.

Byrne started the day off with a rare win at Ipswich for trainer Chris Munce aboard two-year-old filly Reward for Riches.

Two races later, Byrne gave Tony Gollan's Madiba a lovely run from a wide barrier, storming home from the back to win the Sky Racing Maiden Plate.

Tegan Harrison bounced back from a fall in Race 3 to ride Urban Knight to an impressive victory in the following race.

The Ipswich Turf Club will present a seven event card tomorrow.

BY A WHISKER: Who’s That Cat, ridden by Pietro Romeo, beat Royaltown Road in a photo finish in Race 2 at Ipswich Racecourse last Wednesday.
BY A WHISKER: Who’s That Cat, ridden by Pietro Romeo, beat Royaltown Road in a photo finish in Race 2 at Ipswich Racecourse last Wednesday. David Nielsen