Maurus is the 2016 Ipswich Cup Winner

June 20th, 2016

Maurus has justified his resounding favouritism and returned to winning form with an impressive and dominant performance for success in the 2016 Ipswich Cup (2150m) in Queensland over the weekend.

Maurus will progress to the Listed Caloundra Cup following his win in the 2016 Ipswich Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Maurus will progress to the Listed Caloundra Cup following his win in the 2016 Ipswich Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Jumping from the gates well, jockey Damian Browne elected to settle Maurus off the early pace of the 2016 Ipswich Cup at the rear of the classy field of ten.

Pressing forward upon arriving at the final bend, the Medicean gelding produced a typically scintillating turn of foot in the final straight; hitting the line close to four lengths in the clear of closest rival Jumbo Prince.

Pleased to chalk up his first stakes win since moving his stables to the Sunshine Coast, Vandyke revealed Maurus will likely be set for the 2016 Caloundra Cup (2400m) as a next point of call on July 2nd.

“This win really means something. It is my first stakes win as a trainer in Queensland and it was for Paul Fudge‘s Waratah Syndicate who have been great supporters,” Vandyke said.

“I was happy enough when Damian went back to last but I must admit I was a bit nervous when Damian took off and made a wide run.

“I could see visions of the Doomben Cup where he travelled wide a long way and then ran fifth. But Damian had a strong hold on him and they were going to win a long way out.

“But he is a very good horse and it was Damian’s first ride for me. He is a very good jockey.

“I am sure Damian would like to win a Caloundra Cup and so would I.”

Browne delivered a typically smart ride for success on Maurus in the 2016 Ipswich Cup and was thrilled with the feel offered up by the talented five-year-old.

“He was just too good for them,” Browne said after the race.

In taking out the 2016 Ipswich Cup, Maurus has now posted an impressive six wins and seven minors through a total of seventeen career starts.

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2016 Ipswich Cup Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 2 MAURUS (GB) David Vandyke Damian Browne 10 58kg $2.50F
2 5 JUMBO PRINCE Michael Nolan Jim Byrne 3.5L 4 56.5kg $6
3 6 INSTRUMENTALIST (IRE) Dale Healey James Orman (a) 6.8L 5 54kg $21
4 1 PUCCINI (NZ) Darren Weir John Allen 7.1L 9 59.5kg $5
5 3 WORTHY CAUSE John Zielke Bobby El-Issa 7.3L 7 58kg $5.50
6 4 IGGI POP (NZ) Peter Robl Brad Pengelly 8.3L 1 56.5kg $8
7 10 KURRAJONG DRAGON Matt Kropp Robbie Fradd 8.5L 3 54kg $51
8 7 DANCE OF HEROES (GB) Chris Waller Jeff Lloyd 8.8L 2 54kg $6.50
9 11 MERU Pat Carey Ms Tegan Harrison 19.6L 6 54kg $41
10 9 NISSILE Paul Grant Andrew Spinks 19.8L 8 54kg $41