Mag­i­cal se­ries on the way

The Queensland Times - - Sport / Racing - PAUL DOLAN

THE an­nual Ip­swich Mag­i­cal Puppy Auc­tion is fast ap­proach­ing.

The date is Sun­day, Au­gust 26, at the Ip­swich Show­grounds.

Pups born be­tween Septem­ber 1 last year and May 1 this year are el­i­gi­ble to be nom­i­nated, ei­ther for sale or as buy­backs.

Nom­i­na­tions close at the end of this month.

There will be two race se­ries in 2020 for all the auc­tion pups.

There’s $40,000 to the win­ner over 520 me­tres and $10,000 to the win­ner over 431 me­tres. Var­i­ous bonuses ap­ply.

The auc­tion con­cept has stood the test of time, the first auc­tion be­ing in 1987.

The first race from that auc­tion, run in 1989, was won by Mil­luna Miss for Frank and Edna Rochford from Been­leigh. The sec­ond run­ning, in 1990, was won by Our Gold Coin, trained by Roslyn Scot­ney at the farm­ing town of Pittsworth on the Dar­ling Downs.

Last week­end Scot­ney’s name ap­peared in the Queen’s Birth­day honours list. She was awarded the Or­der of Aus­tralia Medal (OAM) for her ser­vice to lo­cal gov­ern­ment and the com­mu­ni­ties of Pittsworth and Toowoomba.

She was a coun­cil­lor of the Pittsworth Shire from 1993-98, Mayor from 1998-2008 and a coun­cil­lor on the Toowoomba Re­gional Coun­cil from 200816.

She is a life mem­ber of the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion and the Downs Steam Tourist Rail­way Mu­seum.

Fol­low­ing the Ip­swich win in 1990, Our Gold Coin went on to a suc­cess­ful career at stud, with Scot­ney rac­ing some of his pups with good suc­cess.

Dou­ble glory

FIVE train­ers landed win­ning dou­bles in rac­ing at the Show­grounds dur­ing the past week.

They were Bill El­son, Steve Neary, Ricky Rolls, Kev Galloway and Michael Ger­aghty.

Smart tip, at last?

IN the many years that I have been writing this col­umn, I have given you my tip for the fa­mous horse race at Ip­swich this time every year.

I can’t re­mem­ber the last time I tipped the Ip­swich Cup win­ner.

But again, I am work­ing on the old farmer’s phi­los­o­phy that the longer a drought con­tin­ues, the closer it is to be­ing bro­ken.

Trades­man is the odds-on favourite for the great race to be run at Bun­damba to­mor­row. But I’m go­ing for Smart As You Think, which is $8 with Lad­brokes.

Con­sider this

AN ac­quain­tance – that’s some­one you know well enough to bor­row from, but not well enough to lend to.

David Nielsen

For­mer Ip­swich cricket stal­wart Ian Diony­sius now en­joy­ing suc­cess in grey­hound rac­ing.

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