Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Winning Combination Relishes a Heavy Track; Savage River Continues Wave of Success in the Wet

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Winning Combination Relishes a Heavy Track; Savage River Continues Wave of Success in the Wet

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THE Ipswich racetrack at Bundamba surprised many by the way it raced last Friday.

Rain of almost 50 millimetres, or two inches under the old scale, fell last Thursday afternoon and into the evening, raising doubts about the ability of the track to even be used.

However, come last Friday, the question was not whether there would be racing but whether the track rating was heavy or slow.

A heavy 8 rating was posted for the meeting and comments from everywhere on course were made over how well the surface raced after the previous evening's downpour.

Confirmation of these views was given when the rating was upgraded to slow 7 after the third race.

Two people who didn't mind the state of the track were apprentice rider Tegan Harrison and Toowoomba trainer Darryle Brusnahan.

The Harrison/Brusnahan combination teamed up for a winning double, starting with Crystal Doll in the second race of the day.

Crystal Doll is a three-year-old filly by Falvelon and was having her third start at Ipswich after two previous unplaced runs here.

The soft track appeared to be the key to this filly picking up her second win from eight career starts.

The second of the double was four-year-old mare Savage River in the fifth race of the day.

Despite only winning once in 16 starts prior to last Friday, Savage River had previously shown a liking for wet tracks with her only win and a second the return from three starts on rain-affected tracks.

And so it worked out as this daughter of Cox Plate winner Savabeel made light work of the field in the mile race to win easily.

Tegan Harrison, who has lately been riding some winners, may use these wins as a platform to mount a challenge for the Ipswich apprentices premiership.

The current leader on this board is Priscilla Schmidt who unfortunately will be having an enforced rest after suffering significant injuries in a shocking race fall in Brisbane last week. …

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