Self Sense Runs Away with Ipswich Cup Breaks Cup Duck for Cahill

The truly shrewd punters made the plonk on Self Sense early in the week, when the six-year-old was at double-digit odds when the markets for the 2017 Ipswich Cup opened.

He was still and $5.00 at meeting’s start, and still those in the know continued to back him until he plunged to $3.40 prior to the jump.

It was as close to a sure thing as could be found Saturday, as the David Brideoake prepared horse won going away, winning by seven lengths as jockey Michael Cahill had little to do other than keep his seat for the entire race.

Cahill has been hooping seemingly forever and he has spanned decades at Ipswich. He won the Eye Liner Stakes there 20 years past and has won the relatively newly minted Gai Waterhouse Classic thrice, but despite many attempts, the Ipswich Cup had managed to elude him.

He was riding Corregidor when he won the Eye Liner in 1997 for his first feature win after relocating to Queensland. In going for the Cup, he took rides for Waterhouse, Peter Moody and Bart Cummings, so it would seem fairly obvious that it was fortuitous events in the wrong direction, not a lack of capable horses that denied Cahill for all those years.

Self Sense, according to one of Brideoake’s assistants, credited the soft track for giving the horse the needed edge to beat second-place Benzini.

Benzini won the Brisbane Cup with Self Sense in the field, but the Ipswich Cup winner that day could muster no better than 13th place, so this win represents quite a change in fortune.

Self Sense is by the American Street Sense, winner of the Kentucky Derby in 2007. As is true for most successful thoroughbreds from the northern hemisphere, Self Sense has ties to Northern Dancer.

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