We host metropolitan racing at the Ipswich Turf Club on Wednesday where an eight-race card is scheduled to be run. The track is rated a Soft 5 as of Tuesday and should remain around that rating with mostly cloudy weather forecast. The rail is out 8m the entire course.
The first race will start at 12:33 pm.
Race 1 - FOLLOW @IPSWICHTURFCLUB Fillies and Mares Maiden Handicap (1350 METRES)
Speed: Bitter Romance and Miss Cinnomoncider look most likely to lead at a moderate pace. However, a number of other horses are capable of challenging.
Gear Changes: Mittsy (4) Blinkers FIRST TIME
Zattastar (6) looks to be building towards a win. Two starts back, she raced wide over 1200m at the Gold Coast and ran on strongly when she really had no right to. She finished a length second to Arcarius with Divine Courage third. Divine Courage then won in Rockhampton. Last start Zattastar drew wide on the Poly over 1400m and had to work early to find the lead. She again fought on when she was entitled to give up and finished 1.2 lengths fourth. The booking of Ben Thompson is a significant move.
Miss Cinnamoncider (5) has come close to breaking through at her past two starts at Rockhampton. Two starts back she was only run down late by Parisian Lady. She then led over 1300m and again put up a great fight, only to be run down by Divine Courage. Mark Du Plessis retains the ride and again will give them something to catch.
Easier Said (3) looked good in her first start for Lauren Abbott. She found the line well first-up over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast to finish just 0.3 of a length from Lovin’ De Quo. She has since had a trial to keep her fitness up. She should get a nice run for top hoop Jimmy Orman.
Bitter Romance (2) didn’t have a lot of luck when finishing 3.24 lengths fifth at Grafton over 1410m last start. After jumping well, she was held up for a run in the straight and wasn’t really tested. She’ll be fitter third-up and would suggest Lani Allen will make good use of barrier 2.
On Top Selection: Zattastar (6)
Race 2 - RAY WHITE IPSWICH Colts, Geldings and Entires Maiden Handicap (1350 METRES)
Speed: The speed should be solid with Brazne Breccia and Everlast looking to cross and lead from wide gates. Yes We’re Ready and Epauvescent will also drive forward.
Gear Changes: Chasing Jackley (3) Blinkers FIRST TIME
Epauvescent (9) drops back to 1350m after putting forward a bold showing over 1600m at Gatton last start. He led and looked the winner but weakened in the final 100m to finish a length second. He had the rest of the field easily covered. The start prior, while well beaten in third, he worked home well behind Badgers Nuts at Doomben over 1350m. Larry Cassidy can rolle forward and take up a prominent position from the nice draw.
Everlast (2) is yet to win but is never far away having finished in the placings in six of nine starts. He missed the start last time out and it proved costly, going down by just under a length on the Poly over 1400m. Has raced well here in the past and gets the services of Brodie Loy.
Yes We’re Ready (11) found form last start when finishing a half length second over this course and distance. After drawing wide he led and dashed clear in the straight only to be picked off late. He looks like he can lead this field and with no weight on his back thanks to Maddy Wishart’s claim, can give them something to catch.
Brazen Breccia (1) is an interesting runner having his first start in 73 weeks. He raced well for David Vandyke before joining Lauren Abbott. If he can replicate that then he can feature here. Warmed up for his return with two solid trials. The outside gate is a concern but gets Jimmy Orman in the saddle.
On Top Selection: Epauvescent (9)
Race 3 - SIRROMET BENCHMARK 70 Handicap (1350 METRES)
Speed: Nishikori has the early speed to cross and lead from the outside gate. Daring Belle and Ourconi won’t be far away.
Kudu (3) gave away too much start last time out over 1100m on the Poly but worked home strongly along the fence to finish third to Dare To Share. Three starts back he won over 1200m here in BM72 company. That was his only start at the track. While he hasn’t won over this distance, the rise looks suitable. From the inside gate, Kyle Wilson-Taylor who claims 1.5kg can give him a sweet run.
Safeeya (2) resumes here following a three month break. She has had a solid trial in preparation for this. She ended last preparation in great style, winning her last two starts over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast. She generally needs the run first-up but did win fresh over 1400m when in Melbourne. She can certainly fight out the finish here from the nice gate and with Jimmy Orman in the saddle but she tends to do her best racing on the bigger tracks so might struggle around Ipswich with the rail out 8m.
Ourconi (4) won well three starts back over 1200m at the Gold Coast. Since then he finished second by 2.5 lengths to Never Paid here over 1100m and came fourth to Lime Soda last start who was flying at the time. It’s been over a year since he raced over this trip but looks up to.
Nishikori (6) was held up briefly but got home well in a slowly run race to finish second behind Gwan So over this course and distance last start. It must be noted that he was galloped on that day which adds merit to his run. Besides his failure two starts back, he had been racing really well. He’s drawn the outside gate in the small field but has the speed to cross.
On Top Selection: Kudo (3)
Race 4 - SCHWEPPES Class 2 Handicap (1700 METRES)
Speed: Noble Cat, California Zim Zim and Gentle Prince should have them running along at a decent clip.
Gear Changes: October Joy (8) Pads (Front) FIRST TIME
Contreras (1) relished the heavy conditions to win by 4.3 lengths when breaking his maiden at the Gold Coast over 1800m three starls back. Two starts back despite being cramped for room, finished off strongly to win at the Sunshine Coast over 1800m. Last start he flew home but gave them too much start over 1600m at Grafton. He’ll again settle back and charge to the line. This is Jag Guthmann-Chester’s only ride for the day.
Noble Cat (2) is a lightly raced four-year-old. He finished a close second on debut here over 1350m before winning well at Doomben over 1600m to break his maiden. It’s a tough ask to rise from a maiden win to a Class 2 but the way he powered to the line suggests he’s up to it. He’ll enjoy a nice run on the speed for Jimmy Orman.
Gentle Prince (3) has been racing in consistent form lately. Two starts back he enjoyed a nice run over 1400m at the Sunshine Coast before getting home well to win. Last start he nearly caused a boilover when working home well to just miss beating Enterprise Mia on the Poly. He gets in well with Wendy Peel’s 3kg claim.
Wheels (4) has been freshened after not doing a lot first-up at Doomben over 1350m. He has since won a trial in good style. He generally races well when fresh and did win at his only try over this course and distance. Respect the stable.
On Top Selection: Contreras (1)
Race 5 - GREAT NORTHERN QTIS Three-Year-Old Maiden Plate (1700 METRES)
Speed: At time of writing there was no jockey named for Agostini so he may not start but if he does he looks the likely leader with limited opposition. Otherwise the horses drawn to the inside are advantaged.
Gear Changes: Red Jasper (6) Blinkers OFF FIRST TIME, Tongue Tie OFF FIRST TIME
Feirme Prince (2) should appreciate a move to the Matthew Dunn Murwillumbah stable after previously racing in Sydney. He’s placed in three of seven starts with his best result coming two back at Wyong. He settled handy before finishing off well for a 0.9 length third. A repeat of that sees him in the finish. The booking of Jimmy Orman is significant.
Honestyandloyalty (3) had no luck when held up for most of the straight two starts back when fourth to Champagne Pop at the Sunshine Coast. Last start he was picked off late by California Zim Zim on the Poly over 1600m. He’s improving with racing.
Yangari (8) caught the eye running on strongly to finish third behind Noble Cat at Doomben two starts back. He didn’t seem to appreciate the Poly or tempo last start when finishing well behind Critical Thinker. He can improve back on the grass here.
Moonlight Cowboy (4) has finished in the placings in both starts at Beaudesert. On each occasion he has been slow out of the gates before finishing off well. He’ll be further improved third-up and Jasmine Cornish’s claim helps.
On Top Selection: Feirme Prince (2)
Race 6 - THE BARN FAMILY RESTAURANT Colts, Geldings and Entires Class 1 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Speed: Archdeacon will look to lead from barrier 2. Shalaa King, Without Choice and Rockin’ Artie will push forward from wider draws.
Starzam (3) had no luck when resuming on the Poly over 1100m. He was slow away and then looked full of running in the straight but just couldn’t get clear. Once he did it was too late but he did find the line strongly behind Apple Tart. That horse has since finished second in a stronger race than this. Starzam’s debut win last preparation was full of merit. He’ll be fitter here and gets the services of Jimmy Orman.
Mister Omega (1) ran on strongly from the back to win well over 1000m at Eagle Farm last start. He’ll appreciate the rise to 1200m but the wide barrier poses problems. He’ll settle back and look to run on.
Rockin’ Artie (8) resumed with a very good effort to finish second over this course and distance. He sat deep throughout but still ran home strongly to go down by half a length. He’ll be fitter second-up.
Carneros (5) resumes here and will probably be looking for further. However, he’s looked good in two trials in readiness for this. Last preparation he competed in some quality three-year-old races over 1600m so expect for him to get back and run on.
On Top Selection: Starzam (3)
Race 7 - EVENTS @ IEEC.COM.AU Class 5 Handicap (1100 METRES)
Speed: It looks willing early here with an abundance of early speed.
Gear Changes: Getyourgreyon (2) Tongue Tie AGAIN, Plutocrat (1) Blinkers AGAIN, Winkers OFF AGAIN, Tampering Falls (8) Tongue Tie OFF AGAIN
Red Rubi (5) struggled last start over 1200m at the Sunshine Coast when finishing 4.3 lengths behind the talented Renouf. She’ll appreciate the drop back to 1100m here. Two starts back she destroyed a similar class field over 1050m at Doomben and also won first-up over 1000m. There looks to be plenty of speed here which will suit given Boris Thornton will settle just off it before launching in the straight.
Plutocrat (1) led and won narrowly over this course and distance first-up. Since then she chased home the speedy Boomnova and Parko. If Kyle Wilson-Taylor can get across and lead without working overtime, she’ll be right in the finish.
Maximum Output (3) was caught wide when finishing eighth behind Renouf last start. Prior to that he was racing in great form including a win over this distance in a BM72 at the Gold Coast. Drawn to get a great run for Jimmy Orman.
Avolonte (6) may be kept for Saturday given her preferred wet weather is predicted. However, if she runs here she’s in with a big show. She raced wide last start when finishing down the track in a strong three-year-old fillies race over 1200m at Eagle Farm. She had won her two starts prior to that.
On Top Selection: Red Rubi (5)
Race 8 - BUBBLY BRUNCH ON SALE 28 AUGUST Fillies and Mares Class 1 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Speed: There looks to be good early speed here with Watachoice and Sinead likely to vie for the lead.
Gear Changes: Astrophysics (14) Bandages (Hind) OFF FIRST TIME, Prasiolite (5) Bubble Cheeker (Off Side) FIRST TIME, Sinead (2) Blinkers OFF AGAIN, Pads (Hind) FIRST TIME, Winkers OFF FIRST TIME
Schnitty (3) looked to have plenty to give but just couldn’t get clear when resuming over this course and distance. She settled handy but just ran into backsides to finish 1.6 lengths fourth. She’ll be fitter second-up and has won when having her second run back before. Drawn beautifully in barrier 1 for Michael Cahill who should be able to settle in a prominent position.
Vaccine (1) would have been close to a good thing here if she had drawn a good gate. Unfortunately she will have to overcome the outside gate which isn’t ideal. Her first-up win at Doomben was full of merit given she was resuming after 68 weeks off the scene. She’s also nominated for Saturday so if Tony Gollan decides to race here from the wide gate, you know she’s up for a big one.
Prasiolite (5) has been well beaten on rain-affected tracks in Sydney this preparation. Chris Waller brings her north looking for a drier surface and easier opposition. She gets both here and can turn her form around.
Vital Source (7) drops in class after finishing 1.4 lengths behind the very good Cherrypick here last Thursday. Her best runs have been on a Good surface so if we see an upgrade during the day, her chances will firm.
On Top Selection: Schnitty (3)
Race 6 - Starzam (3)
Race 7 - Red Rubi (5)
Story: Craig Sheppard
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