The 2021/22 Ipswich Turf Club racing season draws to a close this Friday. Both the jockey and trainer premierships have been hotly contested and come down to this nine-race programme. A keen eye will be kept on the likes of Jimmy Orman, Jasmine Cornish, Kelly Schweida, Chris Munce and Team Edmonds who are all vying for their respective titles.
As of Thursday, the track is rated a Soft 5 with the rail in the true position. Fine but cool weather is forecast. Big fields with plenty of emergencies are the order of the day making this a tricky day for punters.
The first race is scheduled to start at 12:01 pm.
Race 1 - FOLLOW @IPSWICHTURFCLUB QTIS Two-Year-Old Maiden Plate (800 METRES)
Speed: Tough to predict a speed map here with nearly half of these babies on debut. It’s fair to say that it will be a case of handlebars down over the 800m for most.
Gear Changes: Brydelicious (10) Ear Muffs FIRST TIME, Tongue Tie FIRST TIME, Deer Hunter (1) Blinkers FIRST TIME, El Asteroid (2) Tongue Tie FIRST TIME, Winkers FIRST TIME, Freddie (3) Blinkers FIRST TIME, Kobe Lad (15) Ear Muffs (Pre-Race Only) FIRST TIME, Mishani Choice (14) Ear Muffs (Pre-Race Only) FIRST TIME, Lugging Bit FIRST TIME
This is a very tough way to start the day with so many unraced two-year-olds with some not even seen publicly. The market along with the mounting yard comments of Sky Thoroughbred Central’s Kiaarn Holland and Paul Joice will be your best guide here.
Based on what we know, Humour Me (13) can run a race here. The Darryl Hansen-trained filly returns to the track for her second preparation. On debut she led and was run down mid-straight by the talented Nettuno when finishing third by 4.6 lengths. She then raced on the speed here over 1000m in heavy conditions to finish a half-length second. She will have come on during the break. From barrier 6, Kyle Wilson-Taylor can give her a great run on the speed.
Kobe Lad (15) resumes here following a 23 week spell. He tuned up for this with an easy 650m trial win at Deagon. Last preparation he finished second here over 1100m and also ran third at the Sunshine Coast behind Jemeldi and Spiritualised who have both gone on to be very good.
Better Winsome (9) came close to winning over 800m at Warwick last start but her race manners cost her the victory. She’s drawn the car park and will need to improve her behaviour but if she can overcome both those issues then she’ll be right in the finish.
Radiant Queen (16) finished off well when third on debut in the same race over 800m at Warwick as Better Winsome. She’ll have taken benefit from that run and gets the benefit of Jasmine Cornish’s claim.
On Top Selection: Humour Me (13)
Race 2 - THE BARN FAMILY RESTAURANT QTIS Three-Year-Old Maiden Handicap (800 METRES)
Speed: They will again go quickly in this scamper. I Am Pearl looks the likely leader with a number of other runners in close attendance.
Gear Changes: Better To Excel (2) Tongue Control Bit FIRST TIME, Tongue Tie OFF FIRST TIME, He's A Devil (6) Tongue Tie FIRST TIME, Shoelace Soup (16) Tongue Tie OFF FIRST TIME
Connections of Tattletale (5) will be pleased that she finally makes her debut. The Matt Dunn-trained filly has had four trials dating back to September 2020. Her most recent trial earlier this month saw her show good gate speed before cruising around Beaudesert for a close second. She appeared to have a nice action. From barrier 1, Brodie Loy can give her the run of the race.
He’s A Devil (6) is on the quick back-up after resuming over 1000m at Toowoomba last Saturday. He led for the first 800m but then was overpowered. To his credit he boxed on well for a 2.4 length fifth. He was 42 weeks between runs so will strip fitter.
My Miss Moonpie (14) led them up over 1100m at Murwillumbah last start before fading in the later stages to finish third by 3.37 lengths. Appears to lack stamina so the drop back to 800m should suit.
Shotgun Sam (1) resumes here following a 14-week break. He was well supported in his only start over 1100m at Gatton but disappointed to fade in the final 100m. The time away will have done him well. He’s drawn to get a great run.
On Top Selection: Tattletale (5)
Race 3 - ALLISON BADEN-CLAY FOUNDATION Maiden Handicap (1100 METRES)
Speed: Control Freak and Silvanna’s Song look to battle for the lead at a decent clip.
Gear Changes: Baronial (6) Bubble Cheeker (Off Side) OFF FIRST TIME, Cross-over Nose Band OFF FIRST TIME, Synthetic Hoof Filler FIRST TIME, Winker (Off Side) OFF FIRST TIME, Winkers FIRST TIME, La Fusee (22) Tongue Tie FIRST TIME, Lion King (1) Cross-over Nose Band FIRST TIME, Ear Muffs (Pre-Race Only) FIRST TIME, Gelded, Media Hype (9) Blinkers FIRST TIME, Silvanna's Song (15) Tongue Tie FIRST TIME, Spiccato (12) Cross-over Nose Band FIRST TIME, Kyneton Nose Band OFF FIRST TIME, Viking Forever (8) Ear Muffs (Pre-Race Only) FIRST TIME, Lugging Bit FIRST TIME, War Hope (20) Dually Headcollar FIRST TIME, Tongue Tie OFF FIRST TIME, Winkers OFF FIRST TIME
Autissier (7) resumes here after having her one and only start in February at the Sunshine Coast over 1200m. She worked clear of traffic in the straight to finish off strongly for a close second. It was a very nice debut. She warmed up for this with a good trial where she worked to the line well. She’s drawn a touch sticky but could come in with scratchings. Ryan Maloney sticks and he has a terrific record when combining with David Vandyke.
Control Freak (4) faded over 1200m at Doomben for a 5.1 length fifth on debut. It’s never easy to tackle 1200m at your first start particularly when you sit outside the lead. He'll benefit from the experience and be better here. From barrier 3, Angela Jones should race in a prominent position.
Zouvalu (13) endured a tough run when resuming at Doomben over 1050m. She raced three deep throughout and understandably weakened in the straight. She’ll strip fitter second-up. She finished second when with Peter Moody last preparation second-up. Will need a touch of luck from the gate.
Nina Artie (3) is on debut here for Kelly Purdy. He worked home strongly to win a Deagon trial in preparation for this. The time wasn’t flash but the heavy track had chopped up a lot by the time he trialled.
On Top Selection: Autissier (7)
Race 4 - STRIVE TO BE KIND Class 4 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Speed: Mishani Fraudster will look to cross and lead from the outside gate. Dratini and Grand Zou will push up from the inside ensuring a solid tempo.
Gear Changes: Mornay (8) Cross-over Nose Band AGAIN, Tongue Control Bit FIRST TIME, Tongue Tie OFF AGAIN, She's Crowned (9) Blinkers OFF AGAIN, Zelify (4) Blinkers FIRST TIME
Torun (5) was well beaten by the highly talented Delyth last start at Doomben over 1200m. He got too far back which didn’t help his cause. Two starts back he worked home well for fourth behind Avalonte at Doomben over 1200m. He won his only other start over this course and distance in March this year. If the speed is on, he’ll be finishing off hard.
Grand Zou (2) finished off well for second when resuming over 1200m at Rockhampton but was no match for Mill Rossa. That was a Class 6 so he’ll appreciate dropping back to his right class. He’ll strip fitter second-up and should race on the speed. He has a good record here.
Mishani Fraudster (1) raced on the speed and proved too strong when resuming with a win on the Poly over 1100m. Jasmine Cornish who claims 2kg takes the ride. The only other time she rode the horse she won here in December on him over 1100m. If he can cross from the outside gate easily then he’ll be right in the finish.
Vast Kama (3) will appreciate the weight relief after carrying 62kg last start at Toowoomba. He was well beaten by Turboart that night but did finish second. The consistent galloper wasn’t far away when third to Let’s Party Marty at Rockhampton in good time. Drawn nicely.
On Top Selection: Torun (5)
Race 5 - SPARTAN SOCIAL CLUB Class 1 Handicap (1200 METRES)
Speed: Sinead, Dembe, Excel In Sun and Empress Zou are all capable of challenging for the lead.
Gear Changes: Maha Mustang (8) Blinkers AGAIN, Mexican Star (12) Blinkers OFF AGAIN, Visors FIRST TIME, Shalaa King (9) Winkers FIRST TIME, Sinead (10) Blinkers OFF AGAIN, Pads (Hind) FIRST TIME, Winkers OFF FIRST TIME, The Stifmeister (1) Blinkers OFF FIRST TIME, Winkers FIRST TIME
Empress Zou (11) went close to breaking her maiden status last start at Murwillumbah over 1200m. After drawing the outside gate, she raced on the speed and looked the winner in the straight before Cherry Soda picked her off late. She comes here third-up and gets the benefit of barrier 1 which should see Robbie Fradd give her a great run.
Excel In The Sun (7) returns from a long break (62 weeks) and creates interest. She’s had two trials leading into this She has a good record at Ipswich and did chase home Orbisyn two starts back. She’s drawn nicely for Ryan Maloney. If she’s returned to somewhere near her best, she’s in this.
Ascot Express (4) returns to the track for the first time following a 36 week spell. The lightly raced five-year-old races well at Ipswich having never been out of the top 3 in three starts. That includes a win over this distance in September last year. He shouldn’t be too far away in the run after drawing well.
The Stifmeister (1) resumes here following a 42-week break. A recent trial where he cruised around behind Dovetail Diva will have him prepared for this. His only win came at his second start when he defeated Group 1 winner Hinged.
Rockin’ Artie (13) ran a bold race over this course and distance when resuming last start. He was caught deep after drawing wide but still fought well for a half length second. He again draws wide which isn’t ideal so will need some luck.
On Top Selection: Empress Zou (11)
Race 6 - SCHWEPPES BENCHMARK 72 Handicap (1350 METRES)
Speed: Lemon Duchess can go forward and lead. Rari and Suliven will be prominent.
Lemon Duchess (4) has been racing in great form having won three of her past four starts. She drops in trip after winning narrowly over 1650m on a heavy surface at Beaudesert last start. Prior to that she went very close to winning over this distance at Doomben in this class. Jasmine Cornish who claims 2kg can go forward and lead or settle in a prominent position and be tough to beat.
Kudu (8) has raced well since joining the Kelly Schweida stable three starts back. He won three starts ago here over 1200m before having excuses at his next two starts. He’ll need a magic Jimmy Orman ride from the tricky gate but if he does he’ll be right in the finish.
Danezel (10) will take benefit from his first-up seventh behind Delyth. The rise in distance suits and he has historically raced a lot better second-up. If the speed is on, he’ll be charging late.
Rari (9) has only won twice from 26 starts but has mostly raced out of his right class. He gets back to something close to suitable here. He’s raced wide his past two starts but that should not be the case here with a nice draw. Can bounce back.
On Top Selection: Lemon Duchess (4)
Race 7 - GREAT NORTHERN BENCHMARK 58 Handicap (1350 METRES)
Speed: Fast Thinker can take advantage of the good gate and push forward. A number of horses drawn wide also have early speed but it’s doubtful they will start which makes this a tough speed map to predict.
Gear Changes: Birkin Black (22) Visors FIRST TIME, Feudalist (21) Blinkers OFF FIRST TIME, Cross-over Nose Band OFF FIRST TIME, Ear Muffs (Pre-Race Only) FIRST TIME, Rakkaus (14) Blinkers FIRST TIME, Seeress (10) Blinkers AGAIN, We All Agree (20) Blinkers AGAIN
Amore Primus (13) finished down the track last start here over this distance. Jason Edwards stated that the horse didn’t handle the wet track. That shouldn’t be the case here. She finished off strongly when resuming here the start before. She generally settles back but she showed she could settle closer last start so hopefully that’s the case here from barrier 3. She boasts a strong finish so if she’s close enough straightening then she’ll be in the finish.
Fast Thinker (7) gave a good sight when leading over 1400m on a heavy Gold Coast track two starts only to be run down late. Last start he was well beaten in third by Regal Edition. He’s drawn to get all the favours.
Sienna’s Award (16) was outclassed and caught wide when finishing last at Eagle Farm last start. She will appreciate returning to this class. Two starts back in this class she was held up over this course and distance and it proved costly going down narrowly.
Sizzling River (11) settled at the back before taking an inside run on the turn her over 1200m last start. He looked like getting into the placings but was swamped late. The run he got certainly took its toll. He’s having his fourth run back after 71 weeks in the paddock so should be reaching peak fitness. He did win over this course and distance to break his maiden.
On Top Selection: Amore Primus (13)
Race 8 - SIRROMET Class 1 Handicap (2150 METRES)
Speed: Letmeletgo should lead these stayers at a fair tempo.
Gear Changes: Prince Alby (1) Blinkers OFF FIRST TIME, Visors AGAIN
Diamond Dagger (7) finished powerfully to break her maiden status last start at the Gold Coast over 1700m. She stormed to the line with more in hand to win by 4,3 lengths. This is the first time she’s taken on this distance but based on the way she got home last start, it won’t be a problem. She only joined Harold Norman’s stable a few months ago but she looks to be enjoying Gold Coast life.
That’lldotoo (4) ran an admirable race in BM72 company over 2200m at Eagle Farm last start. He raced handy and boxed on fairly for a 4.45 length fifth. He has a good record at the track and did break his maiden over this course and distance. He has plenty of kilometres in his legs and should enjoy an economical run from barrier 1.
Letmeletgo (2) found the front at Grafton over 1610m but was overpowered late when finishing second. While over shorter trips, his Sydney form will hold up well here. Brodie Loy is a key booking and if can control the race in front, he’ll be giving this a shake.
Saint Martin (3) had been knocking on the door and finally broke through for his first win last start. He ground away the win over this course and distance. He’s got the fitness and can go on with it now.
On Top Selection: Diamond Dagger (7)
Race 9 - BUBBLY BRUNCH 28 AUGUST ON SALE BENCHMARK 65 Handicap (1666 METRES)
Speed: Dorset Coast should set the tempo here. Potentially extra speed could be added from horses drawn wide.
Gear Changes: Kercharmer (17) Visors AGAIN, Loca (16) Cross-over Nose Band OFF FIRST TIME, Princess Sparkles (13) Visors FIRST TIME, Torowoto (12) Tongue Tie FIRST TIME
Regal Edition (5) impressed two starts back when savaging the line over 1400m at the Gold Coast to win by 3.8 lengths. He then didn’t have a lot of luck here over 1350m when held up and never getting a clear passage but still got home well for third. The rise to 1666m looks like it will suit. Jimmy Orman should be able to settle reasonably close before unleashing in the straight.
Kippax (4) resumed from a nine-week break with a second over 1350m here in the race Regal Edition was third. He took off on the turn and powered down the outside. The rise in trip will suit.
Class Of Royalty (2) won impressively in Class 6 company here over this distance on Ipswich Cup day. Last start he went to town and weakened over 1805m in a NMW race. Despite the wide gate, back over this trip and in this class he looks a major player.
Wheels (7) 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: Regal Edition (5)
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