Ible lands treble after successful Wagga raid

Joseph Ible returned home to Wagga on Wednesday, training a treble of winners. Photo: Steve Hart.

Wagga has always been a happy hunting ground for Joseph Ible and his good form continued at the Southern Districts track on Wednesday.

The Kembla Grange trainer – born and bred in Wagga – landed a winning treble, and he explained why he enjoyed racing at Murrumbidgee Turf Club

“It is just a really good track and Wagga has a great surface and is always a fair and even track,” Ible said. 

“We have always had good success there, even when I was based at Canberra.

“It is one of those tracks; some tracks you might not have a lot of luck at, and you will avoid those tracks, but we’ve had good success at Wagga, and we always look to go there when we can.

“It was just one of those days and it worked out for all these horses at their stages of their prep and well, we thought we would make a day of it and take a good team down there and it worked out well.”

Ible kicked off his day with I Am Mighty, ridden by Ellen Hennessey, flashing late to finish sixth in the 1200m Maiden Plate.  

From there, Ible’s stable could do no wrong, with Loving Cilla and Kayla Nisbet proving too strong in the 2000m Benchmark 74 Handicap, winning the Australia Day Cup and heat of the Wagga Stayers Series. 

Ible then teamed up with Quayde Krogh in the 1400m Class Two Handicap with Budderoo Blitz winning well for connections. 

In the final race of the day, Ible and his team sealed their winning treble, with Ellen Hennessy guiding Rubick Island to a good win in the 1600m Class One/Maiden Plate.

Ible admitted he was confident of a strong showing at Wagga, although he said it could have easily gone the other way. 

“We took four there and I thought if things went right, we could come home with four winners,” Ible said

“The first horse (I Am Mighty) didn’t get a lot of luck and ran home strongly, and I thought it might be one of those days, but it turned around quickly, and we left there quite happy.”

Of his winners, Ible was most pleased to see Loving Cilla win over 10 furlongs. 

“It was good to see her back in the winner’s circle. She has had a good prep without winning and the win was good for the owners,” Ible said.

“She handled the distance, and she looks like she will improve and get out over that 2000m.”

Ible will hope to continue his good run at Scone on Friday, with Champagne Vella contesting the 2200m Benchmark 66 Handicap, Miss Lamar taking on the 900m Class Two Handicap and Rover racing in the 1100m Benchmark 66 Handicap.