MAIDEN WIN: Simply Sacred, ridden by Leith Innes, won the third race on Ipswich's Sunday program.
MAIDEN WIN: Simply Sacred, ridden by Leith Innes, won the third race on Ipswich's Sunday program. Rob Williams

Winning boost for Ipswich Cup Day?



SIMPLY Sacred's trainer Tony Pike collected the icing at Ipswich on Sunday with a maiden win.

On the previous day at Doomben, he took the cake winning the first Group 1 race of the Queensland Winter Carnival with The Bostonian at $51.

Ridden by former Ipswich premier jockey and Ipswich Cup winner Michael Cahill, The Bostonian just managed to hold off Osborne Bulls in the $800,000 Doomben 10,000.

That completed a memorable weekend for the visiting New Zealanders.

After Sunday's race, Tony Pike and jockey Leith Innes were applauding the condition of the Ipswich track.

Noting that he is in south east Queensland for a couple of months for the Winter Carnival, Pike was thinking about whether he had a stable runner he could bring back for Ipswich's big day on June 15.


Simply Sacred ridden by Leith Innes wins Race 3 at the Ipswich Racetrack on Sunday afternoon.
Jockey Leith Innes Rob Williams

Happy return

NEW Zealand jockey Leith Innes made his successful return to Ipswich racetrack on Sunday when winning aboard Simply Sacred.

Pike operates his racing stables out of the fertile land of the Cambridge region in the North Island of New Zealand.

At his only ride for the day at Ipswich, Innes brought back memories of his 2007 Ipswich Cup win aboard New Zealander Sculptor.

Sculptor went on to win good races after that Ipswich Cup success, including the Group 3 SAAB Quality on VRC Derby Day at Flemington in the same year.

Sculptor's win on Derby Day qualified him for a Melbourne Cup start three days later.

He finished a creditable ninth behind Efficient in the race that stops a nation.

It has been common place for New Zealanders to race in the Ipswich Cup over the years although there has not been one from the Shaky Isles to win in the last decade.

Unusual race day

IT was the first Sunday meeting at Ipswich for five years after a January meeting in 2014 was postponed on that day due to heat.

The previous Ipswich Sunday race date was around 10 years earlier meaning there have only been three in the past decade and a half.

Despite most patrons thinking it was a little peculiar racing on a Sunday, the weather was superb.

There were quite a number of Mother's Day celebrators and the racing was keen with decent turnovers.

Don's reward

WELL respected Ipswich resident Don Moore shared in another winning galloper at Ipswich on Sunday.

Trained by Barry Baldwin and ridden by Nathan Day, Kitty Damour collected her first win at her seventh career start.

That continued the run of winners for the Ipswich part- owner.

Moore is a good example of quite a number of long-time supporters of Ipswich racing who have been rewarded for their persistence in chasing the thrill of being part of a winning thoroughbred horse.

Next meetings

The next programmed Ipswich race meeting is Friday, for the Show holiday.

Racing is then programmed for Friday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 29, prior to the Ipswich Cup on June 15.