Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bundamba Top Venue for Variety of Winning Efforts; Eight Different Combinations Enjoy Spoils

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bundamba Top Venue for Variety of Winning Efforts; Eight Different Combinations Enjoy Spoils

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TURF CHAT

with

Brett Kitching

Autumn carnivals

ON Saturday, the running of the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield marks the start of 2015 Group 1 racing in Australia.

The following week is the Lightning Stakes at Flemington prior to the Chipping Norton Stakes at Warwick Farm on February 28. This is the start of the "Championships" of the Autumn Carnival in Sydney, providing a couple of months of exciting NSW Group 1 racing.

The Newmarket Handicap and Australian Cup of $1 million prize money each are the major prizes in Victoria.

In NSW, there is massive prize money with the Doncaster Handicap carrying $3m, the Golden Slipper $3.5m, and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes $4m over the rich carnival in that state.

Exciting sprinters such as Terravista, Deep Field, Lankan Rupee and Chautauqua are all back in work and having their targets set. Staying stars of the Spring -- such as Protectionist, Lucia Valentina, and Rising Romance -- are aiming for the rich spoils of the autumn.

On completion of the Sydney Championships, the Queensland Winter Carnival starts. It runs through until the Ipswich Cup on June 13 and the Tattersalls Tiara on June 20.

TRAINER Tony Crane and jockey Larry Cassidy combined with the Beaudesert-based Omnibus Christus to ensure last Wednesday's winners at Ipswich came from all points around the city.

There were eight individual winning trainers and jockeys, which halted the run of multiple weeks of doubles and trebles.

Winners hailed from Eagle Farm, Deagon, Gold Coast, Murwillumbah, and Toowoomba as well as Beaudesert.

The Gold Coast winner was Italian Storm for trainer Toby Edmonds and jockey Jeff Lloyd and the Toowoomba winner was Mr Alfranco for Kevin Kemp and apprentice Travis Wolfgram.

Matt Dunn flew the flag for Murwillumbah with Royal Occasion and Deagon trainer Trevor White won with Dutch Treat who was ridden by Anthony Merritt. …

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