Kay had told ARG through the week just how good he thought Happy Haswell could be.
“If he only had a little bit more early pace, he could be one of the best dogs in Australia for his age,” Kay said.
The 31kg blue brindle dog, who has only just turned two, franked those comments by scorching to an 11 1/2 length victory in a rapid 30.23.
After leaving box four in fourth placing, the son of Surf Lorian and Teenage Dream (Knocka Norris – Size ‘Em Up) quickly mustered pace to lead by the post the first time and avoid trouble on the first turn.
He quickly opened up a huge margin and most eyes would have been on the clock rather than worrying about any chance of him losing the race.
The victory was not without drama when Farmer’s Gold (6), who had fallen on the first turn, rejoined the race in the home straight. Fortunately any interference he may have caused was minimal and had no bearing on the outcome of the winner or any of the placings.
Le Sirenuse (1), who began well this week ran a fair race to finish second while Yogi Blue (2) ran on well for third.
Of the beaten brigade, Placid Planet (10) was second into the back straight before tiring to finish fourth. Regal Lauryn (8) looked as though she may be running into a place when she collided with her kennel mate, Placid Planet, on the home turn and finished fifth.
Cyndie’s Special (3) began moderately and found plenty of trouble on the first turn finishing sixth. Hopping Houdini (9) showed none of her customary early speed and was never in the hunt, finishing seventh.
Farmer’s Gold (6) actually had more luck than anticipated at box-rise and found his was to the fence before running into the back of Le Sirenuse and falling heavily just as he looked to be moving into a handy position.
All honours were well and truly with the winner who racked up career win number 15 from just 20 starts and took his stakes earnings beyond $88,000.
2014 Group Three Ipswich Cup – Full Results
1st – Happy Haswell (4) – Reg Kay
2nd – Le Sirenuse (1) – Tom Tzouvelis
3rd – Yogi Blue (2) – Peter O’Reilly
4th – Placid Planet (10) – Tony Brett
5th – Regal Lauryn (8) – Tony Brett
6th – Cyndie’s Special (3) – William Elson
7th – Hopping Houdini (9) – Amy O’Reilly
Fell – Farmer’s Gold – Darren Russell
1st Split: 5.41 (4)
2nd Split: 12.94 (4)
Run Home: 11.88
Margins: 11 1/2 x 1
Scratchings: Tear Away Size (5), Flash Houdini (7). Hopping Houdini (9) started from box seven and Placid Planet (10) started from box five.