21/02/2024

2022 Group 3 Vince Curry Memorial winner Skipwreck enjoys a pat post race (Picture Michael McInnally)

The Keith Snow trained Shipwreck has stormed home to take the 2022 Group 3 Vince Curry Memorial for maidens at Ipswich on Saturday night.

The Keith Snow trained Shipwreck has stormed home to take the 2022 Group 3 Vince Curry Memorial for maidens at Ipswich on Saturday night.

In an messy affair, hot favourites Black Comanche and She’s Sweet were taken out of the race at turn one. Early leader King Cole, crossing Black Comanche at the jump, ultimately causing a chain reaction.

Tumbling at the turn whilst trying to make up lost ground, Black Comanche caused She’s Sweet to fall. Both dogs ending up well out of the race. The result sure to have disappointed connections, after Black Comanche was touted as the best prospect since the great Surf Lorian earlier in the week.

Ahead of the turmoil, King Cole pushed forward, stretching out to a five length lead down the back straight. Shipwreck in hot pursuit after avoid the chaos behind him at the turn.

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Turning for home, King Cole looked to tire, the gap closing to a length as the track straightened. Switching to the outside, Shipwreck put on a burst, running away a four length victor. King Cole battling to hold on for second from the fast finishing Hara’s Herbie.

The victory, trainer Keith Snow’s second, after winning the same race back in 2003 with Woops A Daisy. Shipwreck now two wins and three seconds from his five starts, showing plenty of hope for his future.

With Queensland group races now complete for the month, punters will turn their eyes to the south. The Meadows, touted as the home of Group 1’s, with a bonanza including the Australia Cup, Temlee, Rookie Rebel, Zoom Top and Fanta Bale Super Stayers sure to bring some elite racing.

The Rookie Rebel over 600m to showcase dog of the moment Jungle Deuce, as he seeks to make it four group victories on the trot.

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