Shenzhou Steeds take out Ipswich Cup

June 18th, 2012

Trainer Mike Moroney and jockey Eddie Wilkinson renewed their long association with Shenzhou Steeds taking out the Listed $200,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) at Ipswich today.

Wilkinson and Moroney go back a long way when the lightweight jockey was stable rider for the Melbourne Cup winning trainer before moving to Queensland many years ago to take the position as stable rider for the Bruce McLachlan stable.

Moroney wasn’t disappointed and Wilkinson produced a superb ride to get Shenzhou Steeds home by half length over the $2.40 favourite Kinnersley with Warrior Within two and a quarter lengths away in third spot.

Wilkinson had the $8 chance nicely placed behind Kinnersley who tried to lead all of the way and under hard riding in the straight, Shenzhou Steeds was able to out stay the favourite in the run to the line.

Moroney brought the four year old to Queensland last year and won two races at the Sunshine Coast and one at Doomben from three starts before heading back to Melbourne.

Moroney decided to bring Shenzhou Steeds north again after winning over 1600m at Flemington in early May and will now head back to the Sunshine Coast for the Listed $200,000 Caloundra Cup (2400m) at the Sunshine Coast in two weeks.

“Eddie was my stable rider for a couple of years before he came across to Queensland.  I thought it was a great ride and he rode him exactly to instructions,” Moroney said.

“We always thought when we bought him that he would make this sort of horse with a bit of time. Our concern was the tight track. He has form on the big tracks mainly but he had a good barrier draw and aided by a great ride.”

“We might go to the Caloundra Cup. I’ll have a talk with Eddie.”