They’re racing at Ipswich on Wednesday and here’s what Racenet’s Queensland form man thinks of the meeting.
There is some wet weather about which can make things tricky at Ipswich, but I like to follow riders and trainers with good strike rates.
Race 1 – Maiden Plate (2180m)
Most of these have been trying for a while the exception being the Lee Freedman-trained HEEYA (10) which has been a battling fourth at both outings and steps up significantly in trip. If the Pride Of Dubai filly can handle the journey with Bobby El-Issa she may have more upside than the rest.
THE RED DANCER (8) battled on when fourth here over 2150m here last start following a narrow defeat at the Gold Coast. The Domesday mare is showing improvement and from a good gate with Rikki Jamieson will be near the lead for a long way.
GENTLE PRINCE (1) has been runner-up three times in his seven outings this preparation the latest over 1800m at Sunshine Coast five days ago. Kate Cowan stays on and with her 3kg claim should have the Casino Prince gelding handy throughout.
ROYAL GEORGE (4) is a 23 start Maiden but has finished in the top four at seven of nine starts this preparation. He is one-paced but this track and distance suit. With Jaden Lloyd 3kg claim he will get all the favours from gate one.
Betting Strategy – A moderate group. Take your pick.
Race 2 – F&M Benchmark 68 Handicap (1200m)
Steve O’Dea and Matt Hoysted have found a good race for BETTER GET SET (1). The Better Than Ready mare resumed with a solid second to the useful Contemptuous in a Class 3 at Eagle Farm and won her only previous start at this track and distance. A winner at two of thirteen starts all but three outings have been in Saturday grade and include a fourth in the Gold Coast Guineas as well as a sixth in the Listed Princess Stakes. With Baylee Nothdurft from gate one she only needs to perform second-up to win this.
ELENARA (3) was having her second start for Michael Lakey when she ran on strongly to run down He Knows in a 0-62 Handicap at the Sunshine Coast over this trip. This is harder but Jaden Lloyd replaces brother Zac and with his 3kg claim could make her presence felt.
The field falls away after these but GAELIC PUZZLE (5) has speed and DANCING ANGEL (2) could improve third-up.
Betting Strategy- BETTER GET SET (1) hard to beat if she gets over second-up syndrome.
Race 3 – Benchmark 68 Handicap (1690m)
None of these have recent winning form but ALDERMAN (1) will enjoy dropping back to midweek company and has a good record at this track winning two of three outings here including his only one at this trip. Now fully fit after four runs this preparation he will appreciate the 3kg claim for Wendy Peel and is sure to get a good run from gate three.
GOTTA BE FIRST (2) has been in good form this preparation without winning having placed at four of five outings. He ran on strongly last start here behind Destiny’s Own in a Benchmark 70 and while he will get back in running can hit the line for Robbie Fradd.
STORM HARBOUR (5) doesn’t win out of turn but has a good record here winning three and placing once from five tries at this trip. He fought on well to place at the Sunshine Coast last start in a Benchmark 65 over 1600m and no one rides Ipswich better than Jim Byrne.
Chris Waller has two acceptors KARLSTAD (8) and AEECEE SACRED (7) both of which ran unplaced in a moderate Class 1 last start. Both are third-up and while there is little between them this trip will suit and they could figure in the finish.
Betting Strategy- If ALDERMAN (1) produces his best he will be too good.
Race 4 – Benchmark 65 Handicap (2180m)
Another moderate lot but Kris Lees can train stayers and FU NI (3) has a better record than most of these having won three of her sixteen starts the latest over 2231m at Eagle Farm in this grade. She rises 1.5kg and may appreciate a bigger track but Andrew Mallyon stays on and the Adelaide mare have more upside than the others.
WONDERFUL DAY (6) may not have handled Eagle Farm last start and is better suited here. The Savabeel gelding only just missed at Doomben two starts back in a Benchmark 70 over 2030m and Jim Byrne and Desleigh Forster have a great association.
BOMBAY NIGHTS (4) returns to midweek company after three Saturday outings and four starts back was runner-up here to Tavis Town in a Benchmark 68 over 1710m. Kyle Wilson-Taylor’s 3kg claim helps and he can make his presence felt in this ordinary field.
Betting Strategy- Tempo will play a part but FU NI (3) is the best stayer.
Race 5 – QTIS 3YO Maiden Handicap (1200m)
Not much in the way of revealed form here and the market may be the best guide.
The Steve O’Dea and Matt Hosted-trained THATFEELSBETTER (5) was well supported and ran a distant second to Prince Of Boom over 1000m at Sunshine Coast at his only start. He has warmed up for this with two good trials and will get every chance with Baylee Nothdurft from a good gate.
Stuart Kendrick has a good strike rate at Ipswich and BOLT ACTION (2) placed behind Shajaea and No Better Affaire when resuming over 1000m at Sunshine Coast. He has trialled since and with Kyle-Wilson-Taylor’s claim has the speed to overcome the awkward draw.
CACAO (15) was unwanted in the market when resuming but only faded late over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast. The Golden Archer gelding trials well, will strip fitter and has the speed to give a sight for Ryan Wiggins from gate three.
BAD EDUCATION (1) put in a good effort when placing on debut. He is awkwardly drawn but scratchings may help and with Brad Stewart can improve.
Chris Munce can often produce one first-up and EUROMANTIC (10) has put in two good trials. With Larry Cassidy the Eurozone gelding and can show up from the inside gate.
Betting Strategy- THATFEELSBETTER (5) the one to but might be some value in CACAO (15). One unit to win.
Race 6- Maiden Handicap (1100m)
Most are lightly raced with plenty capable of improvement in this moderate field.
SINGLE DIZIRE (12) resumed well when third to Karaoke Queen at Eagle Farm over 1000m and may be better suited here. Tony and Maddy Sears have a good record at Ipswich, the Not A Single Doubt filly will strip fitter, gets blinkers and with Michael Cahill will get every chance from gate five.
BRAZETTI (10) has placed at two of three outings and has won both her recent trials. With Leah Kilner’s 2kg claim she has the speed to be prominent.
MACQUARIE STAR (11) has looked a useful type at the trials and Billy Healey has found a moderate field for her debut. With Kyle Wilson-Taylor claiming 1kg the Stratum Star filly should be prominent from gate two.
ACRACKER (3) is a Deep Field mare making her debut and is now on her third trainer. She has had a recent trial and with Ryan Maloney to take the mount deserves consideration.
Betting Strategy- Two units on SINGLE DIZIRE (12) to win.
Race 7- CG&E Benchmark 68 Handicap (1200m)
The most interesting runner is the Tony Gollan-trained WHOZYADEELER (4) which showed great promise at his first preparation winning his first two outings before being beaten at long odds-on before spelling. The Dundeel five-year-old resumed with a solid effort in a Saturday Class 3 plate when fifth to Fifteen Rounds at Eagle Farm over 1200m. He has won a trial in dominant fashion since and will find this easier. The jury is out but with Ryan Maloney WHOZYADEELER will get every chance.
DOKTOR TEEKAY (6) is one with recent form having won his past two the last by a big space here in Class 1 over this trip. He drops 2kg and with Brad Stewart will make his own luck and only has to run up to last start to be in the finish.
DALTORO (1) put in a good effort when third at his first Queensland outing in a Benchmark 72 over 1000m. He has the steadier of 60.5kg but Andrew Mallyon stays on and the extra distance will suit.
JAKAMA (3) loves this track and is capable fresh. He will have been readied by jumpouts and can show up from a good gate with Baylee Nothdurft.
Betting Strategy- WHOZYADEELER (4) the one to watch but want to see him do before I bet.
Race 8- Class 1 Handicap (1350m)
Stuart Kendrick’s horses go well at this track and KENNY BOY (5) showed promise at his first preparation winning at Eagle Farm and placing twice in Saturday class. He was unsighted when resuming in a Benchmark 65 at Eagle Farm but will strip fitter here and might find this easier. Jim Orman takes the mount and will give the Sebring three-year-old every chance from a good draw,
BRAVE WARRIOR (1) broke through at his third outing over 1350m at Doomben. It is always hard to win a Class 1 straight from a Maiden but the Exceed and Excel gelding has been given time and with Jaden Lloyd staying on could go on with it.
HAPPY BABE (3) was resuming when well beaten by Doctor Teekay here in this grade. Leah Kilner stays on and with 2kg claim the Sebring gelding will get the gun run from the inside gate. His only win came when second up and HAPPY BABE will get his chance,
ASCOT EXPRESS (6) broke through last start to win narrowly here over this trip. The Shamexpress gelding will find this harder but is improving and will run on for Taylor Marshall.
Betting Strategy- KENNY BOY (5) is the one with upside. Two units to win.
SINGLE DIZIRE (Race 6 No 12)
KENNY BOY (Race 8 No 5)
CACAO (Race 5 No 15)
Quaddie numbers are:
Race 5: 2,5,15
Race 6: 10,12
Race 7: 4,6
Race 8: 1,3,5
Originally published as Graeme Carey’s Ipswich preview and tips for Wednesday, September 29
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