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Punters' paradise as trio of favourites finish top

SALUTED: Alloraine won the C-17 Globemaster Handicap ridden by Nozi Tomizawa.
SALUTED: Alloraine won the C-17 Globemaster Handicap ridden by Nozi Tomizawa. Cordell Richardson

THE FIRST race at Ipswich last Friday went to long odds-on favourite Alloraine to start a run of predominantly favoured winners.

Alloraine, a three-year-old filly by Falvelon, easily won the first of the day over the 800 metre scamper to chalk up her maiden career win at her fourth race start.

Trained by Toowoomba's Tony Sears and ridden by Nozi Tomizawa, Alloraine strode away down the straight to easily hold the field at bay and justify the $1.50 quote.

Alloraine was one of three betting favourites to win at Ipswich on Friday, the other two being Metis ($1.90) for Tony Gollan and Ritchford ($3.40) for Robert Heathcote. The successful riders for this pair were Brad Stewart and Tegan Harrison respectively.

There were also three winners on the second line of betting across the day. Oakfield Monarch ($4) was ridden by Skye Bogenhuber and gave Tony Gollan a winning double for the day totalling 16 season wins to date.

The Sunshine Coast's David Vandyke also picked up his eighth season winner at Ipswich to move into a clear second place behind Gollan, who has won the past four Ipswich Trainer's Premierships. Vandyke's winner was Secret Spirit which was ridden by Ryan Plumb.

The remaining favoured winner from Friday was Forza ($4.80) for Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan and ridden by the evergreen Jeff Lloyd for his twentieth Ipswich winner after a third of the season.

$21k Trifecta at Ipswich

THE ONLY winner at Ipswich on Friday not to be in the top two in betting was Akage for Brian Crowley of the Gold Coast. This was in the heat of the RQ Summer Provincial Series and it was quite a rough result all-round.

Akage was $61 on fixed price betting as former Ipswich Premier jockey and globetrotter Michael Cahill brought the five-year-old mare with a perfectly timed finish after jumping from a wide barrier.

Akage beat Rothabye ($23) and Ecker Road ($8.50) to result in a huge trifecta in excess of $21,000. The entire first four pool went unclaimed and jackpotted as Dapper One at $8 claimed the fourth placing.

The win of Akage helped boost the quadrella as well as despite favoured winners claiming the other three legs, the quaddie paid almost $6,000

Summer Carnival Under Way in Queensland

THE RACE won by Akage was one of the first of the Queensland Summer Carnival and was followed on Saturday by the George Moore Stakes at Group 3 level at Doomben.

Trained by Tony Gollan and ridden by Brad Stewart, I'm a Ripper franked his earlier 2018 form in beating Most Important and Victorem.

In 2018, I'm a Ripper has won on Magic Millions Day at the Gold Coast, the Group 3 BRC Sprint at Doomben, and the Eyeliner Stakes at Ipswich. Saturday was his first win since Ipswich and has tallied his prize money just forty thousand short of a million dollars for the calendar year.

Racegoers in Festive Spirit

LAST Friday's meeting at Ipswich was much larger in attendance than normal as the annual race day Christmas parties commenced. Despite being a Wednesday, there is another function tomorrow as well as 1,000 revellers who have booked to visit over the two pre-Christmas Fridays 14th and 21st December.