Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Battle between Red-Hot Hoops

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Battle between Red-Hot Hoops

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THE race meeting at Ipswich last Friday featured a terrific battle between two top jockeys for riding honours for the day.

Hoops Jim Byrne and Chris Munce won five of the seven-race card between them with the only other winning riders being Matthew Palmer in the first and veteran Tony Erhart in the fifth.

The second and third races were both won by Byrne, firstly on Bryan Guy's Express Warrior then Mark Palmer's Joh the Painter.

Chris Munce then picked up his first victory by winning the fourth race on smart winner Danish Whiskey.

This three-year-old filly is trained by Liam Birchley and finished brilliantly in the 1100m sprint to win easily.

A striking and athletic black filly, Danish Whiskey ran a creditable fifth to Amber's Crown in the Labour Day 2-year-old Plate at Ipswich back in May of this year.

However, she did not win a race until her seventh start with a maiden triumph at Doomben.

The finishing burst of this filly from second-last after straightening last Friday for her second consecutive win indicates she is now right and that a few more wins will be in store.

Munce followed it up with his second win of the day on Lissome Lass in the sixth event, in the process levelling up with Byrne on two apiece for the day.

Lissome Lass is trained by Glenn Clunes at the Sunshine Coast and it was start number 15 for her last Friday.

Despite not winning in 14 starts, the engagement of Munce in the saddle kept Lissome Lass in the betting market, paying $5.70 on the Tote for the win.

It was then down to the final event to see if there could be a clear winner between the two top jockeys for the day. There was good money for the Guy-trained Dazzling Kind and Byrne duly saluted on the favourite.

It gave him a winning treble and Guy a winning double.

These wins pushed the 2010-11 premiership-winning duo of Byrne and Guy into third and fourth positions respectively on the current premiership ladders with close to one-third of the season completed. …

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