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The 2017 Caloundra Cup is next on the winter racing agenda for Victorian galloper Self Sense after the David Brideoake-trained six-year-old saluted for the punters with an Ipswich Cup win over the weekend.
The Mornington-based Street Sense gelding jumped favourite in this year’s $175,000 Listed Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m), the bookies tipping an improvement on the quick back-up after a second last (13th) in Doomben’s Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m).
A proven wet-tracker, Self Sense relished the soft conditions at Ipswich on Saturday and simply outclassed his rivals with a nearly seven length romp home in the day’s feature.
Local jockey Michael Cahill was aboard the Ipswich Cup winner, taking out the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival feature for the first time, and was confident a long way from the winning post.
“The horse loved the ground which was a big thing in his favour today,” Cahill told Racing Queensland post-win on Saturday.
“I knew he was in a positive mood doing his preliminary and he was able to race handy from his good barrier [two].
“From the 1000 metres it was just a matter of getting an uninterrupted run.”
Cahill enjoyed an Eye Liner Stakes win two decades ago and had also previous enjoyed a trio of wins in the other Ipswich Cup Day feature race, the Gai Waterhouse Classic, but was thrilled to finally take out the meeting’s headline attraction.
“I won the Eye Liner on Corregidor in 1997 and it was my first feature win after I moved to Queensland,” he said.
“I’ve had rides for all the top stables in the Ipswich Cup. I’ve had rides for Gai Waterhouse, Peter Moody and even Bart Cummings, but I just haven’t been able to crack it.”
Last year’s Brisbane Cup winner, the New Zealand raider Benzini ($4.40), ran a well-beaten but still brave second carrying the 60kg top weight compared to Self Sense ($3.40) who got in on the 54kg minimum.
Rounding out the Ipswich Cup trifecta in third a further two lengths back was the Michael Nolan-trained Jumbo Prince ($5), runner-up in the same race 12 months earlier, with the first three past the post finishing in the exact order of the odds.
The Ipswich Cup results ended a notable drought for Self Sense who hadn’t enjoyed a win since the Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) back in February of 2015.
“He’s been wanting a good barrier and a soft track for a while and he got both today,” Brideoake’s stable foreman Alex Woodhams said.
“He got back and didn’t handle the track in the Brisbane Cup but he’s got to work into his races and get galloping room.”
The stable is hoping to capitalise on the galloper’s return to form with a July 1 run at the Sunshine Coast in the $175,000 Listed Caloundra Cup (2400m) followed by a step-up to two miles back at the track a fortnight later in the $150,000 Listed Queensland Cup (3200m).
“He will be sticking around for the Caloundra Cup and then we’ll potentially have a look at the Queensland Cup after that,” Woodhams said.
To back Self Sense next race and access all the best Sunshine Coast racing odds for Caloundra Cup Day 2017 head to Ladbrokes.com.au today.
2017 Ipswich Cup Results & Finishing Order
Ipswich Race 7 – 17/06/2017
|1||6||SELF SENSE||David Brideoake||Michael Cahill||–||2||54kg||$3.40F|
|2||1||BENZINI||Adrian & Harry Bull||Kelly McCulloch||6.8L||9||60kg||$4.40|
|3||2||JUMBO PRINCE||Michael Nolan||Jeff Lloyd||9.1L||4||58kg||$5|
|4||10||PARAGON||John Sargent||Jim Byrne||9.6L||12||54kg||$61|
|5||14||CHOYSA (NZ)||Wayne Walters||Ms Kate Walters||10L||7||54kg||$51|
|6||9||COURT’S STAR||John Wilcock||Ms Tegan Harrison||10.2L||5||54kg||$21|
|7||4||KAISER FRANZ (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Robbie Fradd||16.7L||1||54kg||$15|
|8||8||POP ’N’ SCOTCH||Liam Birchley||Ronnie Stewart||17.1L||11||54kg||$101|
|9||5||FELTRE||Brian Smith||Micheal Hellyer||17.9L||14||54kg||$18|
|10||11||TEARS OF JOY||Toby Edmonds||James Orman||18L||6||54kg||$71|
|11||12||METEOROLOGIST||Marcus Wilson||Ms Tiffani Brooker (a)||18.1L||13||54kg||$101|
|12||3||SORT AFTER||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Corey Brown||22.4L||10||54.5kg||$6|
|13||13||TESSASTOCK (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Glen Colless||24.2L||3||54kg||$26|
|14||15||BARRAAJ (NZ)||Angela Plumb||Luke Tarrant||52.2L||8||54kg||$301|
|–||7||MAGNATUNE||Gary Duncan||Larry Cassidy||–||0||–||–|
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