Ipswich has had a lot of work lately but is another track which is playing fairly most of the time. As we often point out, early pace is always the key to races at Ipswich, but with relatively small fields it won't be so important on Friday.
QUADDIES (races 4-5-6-7)
Skinny Play: 5/1,4,5/4/1,8
Wide Play: 1,5,8,9/1,3,4,5/1,4,5,10/1,8,10,13.
BEST BET: R4 – 5. BOLD KINGSTON
Next Best Bet: R6 – 4. EL SHADAY
Best Roughie: R5 – 4. RULERS PRIDE
No1 SILENT STATUE
No2 SILVER GUMS
No7 HOOKED A BEAUTY
VALUE RUNNER: No6 DATASTAR
No1 LUNA FIORE
No6 HAD ME AT HELLO
No3 LOVE A ROSE
VALUE RUNNER: No6 HAD ME AT HELLO
No2 MUDGEE ROAD
SCRATCHED No4 LUCKY GO LUCKY
No13 GOLDEN PASS
No10 MAJESTIC SHADOW
VALUE RUNNER: No13 GOLDEN PASS
No5 BOLD KINGSTON (BEST BET) Forget last-start failure at Gatton when didn't handle the track at all. Previous start was a very strong winner this track and getting up to the right distance now.
No1 SCOUTABOUT Has some handy form around the 1600m mark and good first-up run when came from last to be fourth at Ipswich first up. Fitter now and ready to race well here.
No8 STELLA GRIS Good Gold Coast winner two runs back and then had no luck when well beaten at Doomben and this race suits very well.
No9 SWEET ADALINE Forced to lead last start and stopped in the straight. Previous form good and this is the right distance and track for her.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 SCOUTABOUT
No5 FINNOMONY Has had plenty of chances but usually about the place. If she reproduces her last-start second at Doomben she will be very hard to beat.
No4 RULER’S PRIDE (BEST ROUGHIE) Recent form is just oaky but back on a track he likes here. Well drawn with the top jockey at this track. Will still be good odds.
No3 SUNSET HILLS Last start won at Ballina, which these days is good enough to give her a chance here.
No1 PALACE TYCOON Has been racing in central and north Queensland where has been honest. Up in the weights here but has better form than most.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 RULERS PRIDE
No4 EL SHADAY (NEXT BEST BET) Has grown another leg since he was gelded. Sat deep but was too strong for a maiden field this track last start. Hard to win a maiden and then a benchmark race but he might be better than these.
No5 HARLEY HOG Has been racing very well and in particular in the northern rivers, but no luck when second at Beaudesert last start and rates highly here.
No10 FLINDERS BEACH Caught the eye with win at Grafton last start. This is harder but not much harder.
No1 ROCKABELLA BOY Hasn't raced or trialled officially since May. On his best form would be hard to beat here and has been placed twice first up.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 FLINDERS BEACH
No8 PINBALL DAWN Was racing solidly on the Darling Downs before flashing home from near last for third here last start. This is about as easy as he will get.
No1 DERIVATATE Former Victorian who has some handy form around the country tracks there. This type of race should suit him. He has won first up.
No10 NO MAGIC NEEDED Been scratched a few times of late to run here. Has been racing in much harder races than this and could be value.
No13 HAVEN ANGEL Caught the eye with fast finishing fourth this track last start. Other form not flash but looks to be an improver.
VALUE RUNNER: No10 NO MAGIC NEEDED