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Racing Round Up | Upsets aplenty at Moonee Valley, while Self Sense makes it a one-act affair in the Ipswich Cup

Adam Cusworth in Latest News 17 Jun 2017
  • Self Sense spaces them at Ipswich
  • Plenty of upsets at Moonee Valley
  • Bjorn Baker enjoys a treble at Rosehill
Black Tomahawk produced one of a number of upsets at Moonee Valley on Saturday June 17

The Queensland Winter Carnival headed out to Ipswich on Saturday June 17 for the running of three Listed races, including the Ipswich Cup (2150m), while in the southern states the action was at Moonee Valley and Rosehill. 

Here is our round up of the day. 


A handy field of gallopers lined up in the Ipswich Cup (2150m) but most of those could only look on as it was a huge win for the Victorian six-year-old, Self Sense, who blew his rivals away with a dominant seven length win in the $175,000 affair. 

Starting as a $3.40 favourite after being backed off the map from a $10 quote a couple of days prior to the race, Self Sense looked after those that had followed the money trail by crushing to an emphatic win. 

The David Brideoake-trained galloper was backing up after battling on the Doomben track but found the wet conditions to his liking. After settlling handy to the lead, before he cruised to the front in the straight and that’s where he stayed. Benzini finished 2nd, while Jumbo Price was three lengths further back in 3rd position. 

The son of Street Sense, who has consistently performed well at the distance range throughout his career, gave his veteran jockey, Michael Cahill, his first win in the Ipswich Cup after years of trying and will now head towards the Caloundra Cup (2400m) to be run in a fortnight. 

In other action at the city in the south-west outskirts of Brisbane, it was a win for the Sunshine Coast galloper, Monsieur Gustave, in the $176,500 Eye Liner Stakes (1350m), while the improving mare, Maternal, just held on from her stablemate, Kinshachi, in the Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m). 

Moonee Valley

It was a mixed day for those that dared to punt at the Valley with a number of upsets occurring throughout the day, on a track that tended to play into the hands of the on pacers with the rail out by three metres. 

Stylish Miss scored as a $31 outsider in Race 4 of the day for trainer Darren Weir, who picked up a double as the $51 shot, Black Tomahawk, scored a couple of races later in the Silver Thomas Hanley Plate (2040m). 

One that defied the pattern was Petrology, who broke through for an overdue win in the Travis Harrison Cup (1600m), while Catch That Cat took out the last event of the day, as the quaddie payed a healthy dividend of $55,000. 


On a wet and soggy Rosehill surface, Bjorn Baker enjoyed a winning treble with Test The World, Plush and Collateral among his winners but one of the most exciting performances came from Zamex, who took out the TAB Highway Handicap (1500m) in breathtaking fashion, after rattling home from the back of the field. 

Liapari notched up another win for trainer Chris Waller after narrowly saluting in the TAB Rewards Handicap (1500m), while the Godolphin galloper, Gaulois, broke through for his first career victory by accounting for the fellow two-year-olds in the opening event of the day. 

Looking Ahead

After a brief hiatus, the Group 1 action returns next weekend for the running of the Tatts Tiara (1350m) at Doomben. The $600,000 feature for the fillies and mares is the last race at the highest level in Australia for the 2016/17 racing season. 

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