Lloyd's winning charge extends premiership lead
IPSWICH's leading premiership jockey Jeff Lloyd extended his advantage at last Friday's meeting, picking up a win for the Toby Edmonds stable aboard Savsgold.
It was a big milestone for the Edmonds team with the gelding not only winning on debut but making it the stable's 100th win for the season.
Edmonds sits second behind Tony Gollan on the premiership training table. Gollan is comfortably 13 wins ahead of the field with a month to go.
The apprenticeship race is tighter with Baylee Nothdurft nudging one in front of Clayton Gallagher after his win aboard debutant Zaiteki for Toowoomba trainer John Dann.
It was a dominant ride by Nothdurft who led the horse to the front after jumping and stayed there over the 800-metre journey. Punters would have enjoyed the $21.50 return on the tote for the win.
Fellow apprentice Jed Hodge held off his competition in the Class 1 Plate 1350m to win aboard Sequablur.
It was 12 months between the gelding's two recorded wins but he has been on the improve since returning to the track earlier last month.
It was also the first win at Ipswich for the newly formed training partnership of Chris Anderson and Robert Heathcote.
No doubt they will be a strong contender for the trainers' premiership next season.
Loyal doctor standing down
LONG-serving committee member Dr Allan Byrnes will stand down this year under the rules of the Ipswich Turf Club.
Dr Byrnes joined the club in 1975 at the invitation of friend and mentor Dr Mervyn Fish who asked him to serve as honorary club doctor.
That is a role he has held for most of the past 44 years.
It wasn't until 1989, following a period in which the club was under government appointed administrators, that Dr Byrnes joined the committee.
He has served on the committee since that time. At the AGM later this year, Dr Byrnes will step down closing out over 30 years of volunteered service.
For much of this time Dr Byrnes has raced horses with many trainers met through his role at the club. They include Lance Gray, Kevin Keidge, John Wallace and Pat Duff.
However, he's only enjoyed success twice at Ipswich - one with My Pal Bob trained by Pat and the other with Sandy's Dragon trained by John Wallace.
The score may change later this year when Dr Byrnes steps down from the committee and he's in the committee bar as a winning owner.
Winning post upgrade
PART of the transformation the Ipswich Turf Club is embarking on includes the implementation of a new winning post launched last Friday.
Emulating the clean lines and modern design that the new Members' Lounge and Events Centre is slowly revealing, the winning post will add a new element, cementing the club for another 70 years as the old post did.
It will also provide Ipswich with a strong brand that is broadcast internationally across the Sky Racing network.
The old winning post had strongly stood the test of time for the past 70 years weathering numerous floods and countless winning salutes.
Ipswich racing continues on Wednesday, followed by the three Friday meetings on July 12, 19 and 26 to end the 2018/19 racing season.