On a Saturday afternoon when wild storms lashed most parts of South East Queensland, fans of Queensland Racing held their collective breaths in the hope that any wild weather would not stop the running of the 2013 Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup Final. Earlier in the day hail the size of tennis balls lashed parts of the state – but at 10.04 pm Qld time it was Regal Lauryn who was lashing up the spoils of Group 3 victory.
Punters had trouble pre-race deciding on a favourite, with most money split between fastest heat winner Surfin’ Kawati (box 5) and Regal Lauryn (box 8) – the money coming late and hard for the Tony Brett trained speedster who would start at $1.90 on the local tote. The only other runner under double figures was box 1 hope – Semi Earner. With competition for the early running vital in deciding the outcome of the $25,000 to the winner final, all eyes were on the start as the eight finalists exploded from the boxes and chased the bunny past the post for the first time.
Jumping well from box 2 Swap took a front running position with Regal Lauryn jumping well from the outside and having plenty of room. The race scrimmaged around the first corner affecting many chances including Surfin’ Kawati who didn’t jump well. Along the back straight and it appeared a race in two as Swap narrowly lead the favourite. Punters would have had high hopes with the favourite, with the late money suggesting that she could compete back to back group victories after her recent Lismore Cup success. Box 4 chance Captain Clarrie was making ground but was giving the others a big start and for the others they appeared to be racing for third after having no luck.
Into the home straight and it was Regal Lauryn who put the pedal down racing right away for a very impressive 6 length victory. Swap ran a terrific race for second with Captain Clarrie a close third. The winner ran a brilliant 30.26 for the Gold Cup win, eclipsing the previous race record of 30.34.
Prepared by leading Queensland mentor Tony Brett, the beautifully bred daughter of Surf Lorian – Queen Lauryn added to her already impressive resume. The black chaser has now won 9 of 11 at the Ipswich showgrounds and 17 from 34 overall. With the $25,000 in first prizemoney it takes her career tally to $110,000.