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Emphatic Ipswich Cup victory by Brisbane Cup flop
17 Jun 2017 | By Peter Falconer 

Self Sense (by Street Sense) made a lie of his disappointing Brisbane Cup performance seven days earlier by demolishing his opposition in Saturday's $175,000, Listed, Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m).

Beaten over 10 lengths when finishing next to last in the major staying feature of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival last Saturday, the proven wet-tracker found the Ipswich circuit and rain affected conditions perfectly to his liking, hitting the front shortly after turning in to the short straight before careering away from his rivals over the closing stages.

Self Sense went on to score by close to a seven-length winning margin from top-weight Benzini, with Jumbo Prince finishing almost two and half lengths in arrears of the runner-up in third.

Trained by David Brideoake at Mornington in Victoria, Self Sense was the focus of a significant betting move that saw him shorten from double-figure odds on the morning of the race to start the $3.40 favourite of the race with Benzini was sent to post a $4.40 second favourite, and Jumbo Prince third favourite at $4.80.

Self Sense has now won eight of his 40 starts and took his earnings to a figure just short of $665,000. Six of his victories have been recorded on a soft or heavy racing surface, though his only previous black-type success came in the Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) on a good racing surface.

Self Sense races on behalf of a group of owners that include trainer David Brideoake, as well as Mr M F Bartholomeusz, Mr P W Carson, Mrs L A Loudoun, Mr G C Watt, Mr G J O'Brien, Mr R P Harvey and Mrs C A Harvey.

Produced by the Personal Flag (USA) mare Be My Person, he hails from a female family that features the former top-liner Dalmacia (NZ), a dual Group 1 winner.

Official margins of the event were 6.8L and 2.3L. Winning time was 2m14.07s (last 600m in 36.67s).

The $175,000, Listed, City of Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) was run in its typical helter-skelter fashion and witnessed co-bottom weight Monsieur Gustave (by Al Maher) do best in a blanket finish to post his maiden black-type success.

In a race run at a furious early pace, long-shot Flamboyer established a sizeable lead before rounding the home turn, only to be run down in the final stages of the contest.

The winner Monsieur Gustave managed to hit the front in the shadows of the post, just managing to hold off the determined finishing burst of In His Stride down the centre of the track.

Federal, one of two Godolphin runners, was a conspicuous last on settling, but hit the line strongly in the straight for a narrow third. 

Flamboyer held on gamely for fourth, with co-favourite Acatour ($6.50) finishing an eye-catching fifth.

Monsieur Gustave returned $18.00 and $5.90 on The runner-up In His Stride returned the starting price of $17.00, and the minor placegetter Federal $10.00.

Official margins for the Eye Liner were 0.1L and the same. The contest was run in a time of 1m21.50s (last 600m in 36.81s).

Monsieur Gustave is trained on behalf of Ms S J Buckley, Mr D N Dunk, Mansell Family Racing, Mr P A Piccone, Mr V S Rao and Mr W H Harris by Darryl Hansen on the Sunshine Coast. He was ridden to victory by the apprentice female rider Ms Tiffani Brooker, who only picked up the ride on the morning of the race.

The Godolphin stable’s raid on the valuable Ipswich meeting paid dividends when Maternal (by Street Cry-USA) jumped straight on the pace from an outside barrier before just managing to hold on to win the $100,000, Listed, Sky Racing Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m).

Ridden a perfect race by veteran hoop Jeff Lloyd, the daughter of champion stallion Street Cry and the Group 1 winning racemare Divine Madonna was always going to prove difficult to beat following her clean getaway and so it proved.

Never worse than second during the course of the event, Maternal seized the lead early in the straight and battled on gamely over the final 250m of the contest to hold off the strong late challenge of stable companion Kinshachi.

Maternal was returned the $3.00 favourite on, with stablemate Kinshachi returning a starting price of $5.00. Banda Slice finished third as a $13.00 chance.

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