Bluey's deserved win at Bundamba
LONG-term Ipswich trainer Andrew "Bluey” Cowell collected a rare home win with seven-year-old gelding Godwood in the last race of the day at Ipswich on Friday.
At start number 53, the winner was ridden a treat by Scott Galloway who sat quietly early in a fast run staying test.
Godwood came from 10 lengths behind at the top bend, before he pounced at the 200 metre mark to win by a couple of lengths running away.
A number of punters were happy with the win of the local horse at $17 after being supported at much longer odds in the lead-up to the day.
The Ipswich quadrella paid almost $5000 as Godwood's win followed that of another couple at double figures in Milly Muncher and Tempa Mental. These followed $1.80 favourite Piper Boy in the first leg.
Godwood has seen much of the countryside during his race career. He commenced his career in Victoria and was unplaced in 18 starts during 2014 and 2015 for trainers Grant and Peter Dalziel.
The galloper was then transferred north in late 2015 to Ben Robinson's Beaudesert stables where he had a few more unplaced runs.
Godwood then found a new home for a year with Beaudesert's Greg Cornish who was able to collect two wins at the Sunshine Coast, a win at Doomben, and a series of placings all around South East Queensland including at the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Beaudesert, and Doomben.
The then six-year-old was transferred to the Murwillumbah stable of Darren Graham for a couple of months for a few unplaced runs prior to transferring to the Ipswich's Cowell base in May.
In nine starts over seven months for the Cowell stable, Godwood has collected a win at the Gold Coast, the win at Ipswich on Friday, and minor placings at Kilcoy and the Sunshine Coast earning around $25,000 in prize money during that time.
It seems that Godwood is ripening with age and is happy in the Cowell stable at Ipswich.
TWO separate winners came from interstate on Friday's race program.
Trainer Kevin Randall, who hails from Casino in the Northern Rivers of NSW, had an early win last week with Shannonbrook Miss, which was ridden by apprentice Jackson Murphy.
Later in the day Tempa Mental won with Jim Orman aboard for Murwillumbah trainer Paul Robbins to complete the winning double for interstate trainers.
Enjoying festive time
FRIDAY was a great example of the enjoyment to be had at a day at the races, especially with friends and associates celebrating the festive season.
There were 600 celebrating patrons included in the various functions around the course in perfect conditions for a day at the races.
There are further festive gatherings at the meeting this week on Friday for the final pre-Christmas race day at Ipswich.
Terrific track staff
THERE is little rest for the track staff over the festive season due to the programming of race meetings at Ipswich.
The Friday meeting this week prior to Christmas has been programmed as a twilight meeting with the final race after 6pm, depending on field acceptances.
Immediately after the long weekend, next Wednesday is another midweek Metropolitan race day for Ipswich and hence the normal duties of patching the track and preparing the grounds for a race meeting will need to be undertaken on Friday night after the races and on Boxing Day or early Wednesday morning.
The commitment of the Ipswich Turf Club track staff is a major reason for the widespread positive stakeholder feedback on the condition of the Ipswich racing surface over the past couple of months.
Ipswich racing is on Friday, prior to next Wednesday to close out another year of racing at the historic course.