Ikaba gets his first career triumph at Tyers Park

19 Sep 2017, 3:40 p.m.


NOT GOING TO BE CAUGHT: Ikaba holds out Foxy Queen to claim a career-first success at Tyers Park on Tuesday. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK


IKABA has continued his strong start for a new stable by saluting as favourite in Tuesday’s opening race at Tyers Park.


Sent out at short $2 odds for the Carpet Court Maiden Plate (1,108 metres), Ikaba surged ahead on the Bathurst home straight to win by a length over a fast-finishing Foxy Queen ($4.60).


The three-year-old has made only two starts for Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup since coming across from Gerald Ryan’s Rosehill stables, but he’s quickly made a positive impression.


Earlier this month, in his first start since April, Ikaba managed a third place before striking gold on Tuesday.


The ride on Ikaba was the only race on the Bathurst program for jockey Christian Reith but he made the most of it.




Foreman for the winning Platnium Park stable, John Keegan, said there’s still more success to come for the Red Element x Schuckmannsburg gelding.


“He was pushed at the end but he’s got plenty up his sleeve. There’s still plenty of improvement to come off that,” he said.


“We brought him here today after his first up run, where he was caught a little wide. He hit the line well so we thought today would be a good race for him. 


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