Owner-trainer Peter O’Reilly doesn’t have any specific plans with Tuesday’s impressive Ipswich winner Pedro’s First.
O’Reilly’s son of Velocette and Broam turned the Col Harris Gold Sovereign Final into a one act affair, scoring by four and three quarter lengths in a slick 37.33 for the 630 metres course.
Pedro’s First won his heat the previous week in 37.50.
‘’The dog turned two years of age today,’’ O’Reilly said at the trophy presentation.
‘’He has done a good job so far. I’ll give him a slight ease up for about a week then see what is on the programmes.’’
Tipping the scales at 37 kilograms, Pedro’s First is a large dog. ‘’I’ve had no major injury problems with him so far,’’ O’Reilly added.
Pedro’s First has won his past four starts – twice at Albion Park and now twice at Ipswich.
Second home in Tuesday's race was Sizzling Shiraz for Ken Hawkings. Bake a Cake for Steve Neary finished third after running wide at the second turn.
Race sponsors Bill and Jenny Harris said that the event in memory of Col Harris will continue at Ipswich on an annual basis.
‘’It’s nice that so many people remember Col so fondly,’’ said Bill of his brother who passed away in December, 2008.
The quickest time over 520 metres at Ipswich on Tuesday was run by the Reg Kay trained Shanghai Rose. The daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Elite Oriental took her record to five wins from six starts with a strong railing display to get up and score in the last bound in 30.65 over kennelmate Go Teddy Size.
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For this Friday’s Ipswich twilight meeting, there were 39 excess nominations. Connections of those runners now have the option to nominate for this Saturday afternoon’s Capalaba meeting. So too do connections of the 59 greyhounds which didn’t get a start at this Sunday’s Albion Park twilight card. Racing Queensland Limited has introduced a Thursday morning nomination deadline for Capalaba meetings, commencing this week.
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The Rosewood and District Community Bank sponsored Ipswich Magical Puppy Auction is set for Saturday night, October 27. The Ipswich club reports small numbers nominated so far and is making a last call for further entries of pups born between October 1 last year and June 1 this year.
There is the option to sell pups through the conventional auction process or to nominate pups as non catalogue, thereby becoming automatic buy backs.
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At Albion Park tonight, the winners of the three feature races at Ipswich last Friday are racing in various events.
Past Members Trophy winner Master Brutus for Paul Cauchi looks well suited in race nine, a third and fourth grade over 600 metres despite drawing box four.
Cauchi’s Ipswich Derby dead heater Alex the Great is also drawn to carry the blue rug. That’s in race three, a 520 metres fifth grade. The other Derby dead heater, Anne Southee’s Never Tell, lines up from box seven in the second leg of the quadrella, a 520 metres fifth grade..
Bob Giltinan’s Ipswich Futurity winner Velocity High is a box four runner in the first leg of tonight’s quadrella, also a fifth grade over 520 metres.
Tonight’s feature, the $10,000 XXXX Gold Publican’s Cup final is a strong line up.
Slick heat winners were Jamie McHugh’s Seldom Said in 30.00 and Christina Apap’s Brook Lee in 30.04.
Tattsbet has a jackpot pool of $8,108 for the Exacta on the Publican’s Cup final which is race seven.
Story by Paul Dolan, photo by Rick O’Donnell.