Sharpe Hussler ridden by Robbie Fradd wins the Ipswich Hospice Inc. Plate at the Bundamba Racetrack.
Sharpe Hussler ridden by Robbie Fradd wins the Ipswich Hospice Inc. Plate at the Bundamba Racetrack. Rob Williams

Sharpe work gets favourite home

IT was a day for favourite backers at the latest Ipswich meeting when the program went ahead under clear skies on a heavy track from overnight rain.

Sharpe Hussler was the first of two odds on favourites to salute for the day as the five-year-old gelding won the Class 3 Plate early in the day.

Ridden by former South African Robbie Fradd, the Bradley Smith trained Sharpe Hussler collected his second win at Ipswich to go with two placings from four starts showing an affinity for the Bundamba course.

Sharpe Hussler defeated another track specialist in All Natural, who now has three wins and a second from five Ipswich starts.

Third in the race was the second favourite Liberty's Choice which gave a skinny trifecta dividend for the top three favoured gallopers in the race.

Fradd also rode the second odds on winner Jadedfox to give himself a winning double for the day, and four victories in the new season.

Other winners that were in the first two in betting were St James Square trained by Lex Fraser and ridden by apprentice Brook Stower, Le Jeu for Stuart Kendrick and Ryan Wiggins, Congelator for Paula Gartledge and apprentice Mineheko Shimodaira, and Attitudinal Miss for Michael Lakey and another apprentice Tiffani Brooker.

Persistence pays off

CONGRATULATIONS to Ipswich trainer Ron Drysdale after the journeyman Ipswich galloper World Series collected his third career win on Friday at start number 56.

After a couple of unplaced campaigns in Victoria and NSW under the care of top trainers Peter Moody and Paul Messara, the now eight-year-old gelding moved to Ipswich under the care of Raelene Feil in late 2013.

The son of Redoute's Choice finally collected his maiden win at Ipswich in January 2014 at his seventh Queensland start and at career start number 15.

Current trainer Drysdale, who makes Ipswich home, took over the ownership and training of World Series in late 2014 before collecting the galloper's second career win at Ipswich on September 15 last year.

Friday's win was near to exactly a year since that second win giving Drysdale great reward for his persistence.

A fast early pace suited World Series as he stormed home from near last in the straight to win easily by a few lengths. Hopefully connections took some of the $31 fixed odds on offer as World Series was easily the betting roughie to win.

His record at Ipswich is now 19 starts for three wins, a second, and two thirds.

Winx dominates

CHAMPION race mare Winx made it 11 straight wins on Saturday at Randwick in the only Australian Group 1 race for the day, the George Main Stakes.

Winx didn't get it all her own way as Hauraki made her work down the straight finishing just over a length away.

Earlier in the day at Randwick, Hartnell had another effortless win in the Hill Stakes by a large space, proving he is in top form and will be competitive in whatever he enters through the Spring. In Melbourne, VRC Oaks winner Jameka was super impressive over 2000 metres at Flemington firming to second favourite behind Hartnell for the Caulfield Cup on October 15.

Group 1 racing this week is in Caulfield in Melbourne for the Underwood Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before switching back to the completion of the Sydney carnival on Super Saturday October 1, featuring three Group 1 races the Epsom, Flight Stakes, and the Metropolitan Handicap.

The next Ipswich race meeting is on Friday, followed by Wednesday next week before reverting to Fridays on October 7, 14, and 21.