ON TRACK: The field rounds the bend in the Bestmark Insurance brokers 2200m race at Bundamba Turf Club on Friday, January 31.
ON TRACK: The field rounds the bend in the Bestmark Insurance brokers 2200m race at Bundamba Turf Club on Friday, January 31. Claudia Baxter

Million-dollar galloper highlights uncertainties of racing

SUPERBLY bred galloper World Series won the first race at Ipswich on Friday although the prize money collected for the win was a fraction of the original purchase price of the galloper.

The race was the 1350m Dudley Nunn Memorial Plate for maiden gallopers and it was the 15th race start for five year old gelding.

World Series is owned and trained by Ipswich based Raelene Feil and the $15,500 career earnings for the galloper has predominantly been earned during Feil's ownership time.

The career earnings however are paltry compared to the original expectations of this galloper.

As a yearling, World Series was purchased at the 2010 Inglis Easter Sales for $1.2m being by Redoute's Choice out of the British mare Asian Reef who was also the dam of the smart galloper Bon Hoffa.

World Series went to Peter Moody in Melbourne where a fourth placing in a Seymour maiden was the best return from four starts.

It was then to Paul Messara at Newcastle where from four starts the best return for the galloper was a fourth placing in a Newcastle maiden.

The next seven starts starting in September last year have been for the Feil stable after an ownership change and there has been a yield now of one win, two seconds and a third placing from those seven starts. From an economic point of view, the results of the galloper World Series in the past four months appear to be positive but one has to feel for the original owners.

The World Series career truly is a clear example of the possible risks of investing in the thoroughbred racing industry.


Double for Ipswich stables

After the win of World Series for Ipswich based Raelene Feil in the first race of the day, Greg Minns kept the flag flying for regional trainers with a win by his galloper Adenarius in the seventh race of the day. Adenarius is a five year old gelding who collected his third win from 19 career starts in the Class 3 Plate.

Adenarius comfortably held the John Singleton and Ray Hadlee owned favourite Hardley at bay to collect his first win in Queensland after transferring to his current trainer in December. Ridden well by Ashley Butler, Adenarius showed from his comfortable win that he is thriving in the Queensland sunshine. Blackout for punter at Ipswich.

It was a day for roughies at Ipswich on Friday as only one favourite - Racing in the Wind ($2.10 ) - saluted in the fourth race.

World Series kicked the day off at $7.70 before Billabong Bird won the second at $14. The final four quadrella races were won by Decillion at $24, Beau Boy at $38, Adenarius at $31, and Hazy Hunter at $17. The quadrella paid $25,000 and there were two first four dividends in excess of $10,000 giving favourite backers a wipe out day.


Last meeting until April

This Friday is the HR Solutions Ladies Day race meeting at Ipswich with the group hoping that this week will add to the previous seven years to total $100,000 of charity fundraising since the start of this event.

Ipswich Hospice and Breast Cancer Research have been among the beneficiaries of these funds over the years and there are still a small number of tickets available.

The meeting is the final race day prior to closure of the track for course proper renovations work which will start immediately.

The first meeting back is scheduled for Wednesday April 23 prior to the lead up to the Ipswich Cup to be conducted on June 14.