Meeting In Review – Friday 5 July 2024

Meeting In Review – Friday 5 July 2024 New

Date: 08-Jul-2024

Racing returned to Ipswich on Friday for the first time since Cup Day.

While the usual suspects enjoyed success it was an unheralded duo that shone on the day.

The trainer/jockey combination of Jeff Dunn and Rikki Jamieson teamed up for a well-earned winning double with their first win coming in the TAB Maiden Handicap with Majestic Teako.

Jamieson pushed the gelding early to drive forward from an outside gate to lead.

Bring Me Saki moved up to challenge entering the straight, but Majestic Teako produced plenty to hang on for a long neck win.

It was the first victory for the four-year-old in eleven starts who joined Dunn’s stable just three races ago.

The second of the pair’s wins came in the final race of the day, the Seven News Class 2 Handicap over 1680m.

Mount Zion was having his second start this preparation and once again the barrier draw made things difficult for Jamieson.

It took 600m, but Jamieson was able to work forward from gate 12 and settle in second position.

The Beaudesert gelding has won over staying trips, so he relished Jamieson stoking him up on the bend and it proved a winning move with him proving too strong.

Both Dunn/Jamieson winners paid $19 so hopefully stable supporters had a sneaky bet on the double!

The Annabel Neasham stable helped themselves to a double and in the process jumped to second on this season’s Ipswich Trainers premiership.

Their gelding Sibelius defied a market drift to win the Great Northern Two-Year-Old Maiden Handicap over 1200m.

With a strong speed being set in front, Jag Guthmann-Chester was able to slot his mount in three pairs back.

Sibelius got to the leader Ocean Proud, but then had to fight strongly to hold off the late charge by race favourite Enterprise Defence which he did for a narrow win.

Addriel provided Neasham with her second triumph of the day when he took out the Schweppes Class 5 Handicap.

The hot commodity enjoyed the run of the race for Damien Thornton just behind the leaders.

The son of Harry Angel let down powerfully to win by a length and keep his unbeaten record at Ipswich intact.

Jockey Vlad Duric was on fire on Ipswich Cup Day bagging himself a treble that included the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic.

He travelled to Ipswich on Friday for two rides and continued his hot form by winning both.

Duric partnered the Rob Heathcote-trained Caspernova in the Ray White Ipswich QTIS Three-Year-Old Maiden Handicap.

Despite bringing clearly the best form to the race, punters were able to get on with him drifting from $1.55 to $1.85.

With the threat of being trapped three-wide, Duric pushed on early to sit outside the lead.

The Spirit Of Boom let down nicely and ran away from his rivals under hands and heels to win by 2.43 lengths.

Duric’s ride in the Benchmark 68 Handicap, Colleagues, was well backed and he didn’t let his supporters down.

However, it wasn’t smooth sailing for the David Vandyke-trained five-year-old who looked in trouble boxed away but full of running.

When the gap came with 100m to go, he exploded through it to charge to the line for a 0.9L victory.

It was easily the most impressive performance of the day.

Our next meeting will be this Thursday, the 11th of July.

By Craig Sheppard

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