Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Winning Bell Rings Loudly in Huge Week of Racing; Double Double Makes for Three- Way Jockeys Premiership Battle

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Winning Bell Rings Loudly in Huge Week of Racing; Double Double Makes for Three- Way Jockeys Premiership Battle

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Brett Kitching

WITH 20 races contested at Ipswich last week, one did not have to look far for a highlight or two.

On Wednesday for an eleven race card, there were many highlights, including three winning jockey doubles.

Amongst these doubles was the senior rider Tim Bell, along with apprentices Luke Dittman and Luke Tarrant.

Last year's Metropolitan Premiership winner Bell won aboard Party Till Dawn for the Gold Coast based Gillian Heinrich and Athena Fire for Murwillumbah's Matt Dunn.

Dittman's double was aboard two Ben Currie trained gallopers -- Sigmund and Great Game.

Tarrant was riding at Ipswich a few days after his greatest success when riding Rudy to win the Villiers Handicap in Sydney.

His winners were for Toowoomba trainers Tony Sears, who won with Storm Crazy, and Michael Nolan who won with Night Rituals.

A training double of wins was also recorded as Robert Heathcote collected wins with Angel Alley and Oceantes, ridden by Jim Byrne and Dan Griffin respectively.

Two other trainers went close to capturing doubles as Gillian Heinrich won with Party Till Dawn and placed second with Comic Story.

Dunn also won with Athena Fire and placed second with The White Hope.

The Friday meeting was just as enthralling as Dunn claimed a training double to move to the top of the current Trainer's Premiership ladder.

Dunn's wins were with Bergdorf which was ridden by Bell and Royal Occasion with Jim Byrne aboard.

Bell made it a second winning double in three days when he won later in the day aboard Touch of Bella for Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears.

Four wins for the week propelled Bell into a tight three way tussle with Jim Byrne and Chris Munce to see who will lead the Ipswich Jockey's Premiership as we enter 2015.

Tough week for some

THE hectic schedule for the ITC in the week prior to Christmas continues tomorrow with the final meeting for the year. …

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