Ipswich has yet another midweek meeting with some solid fields. There has been rain and storms about again and this means the track will be at best on the softer side. It usually suits horses who can lead and get to the middle the track early in the straight.
QUADDIES (races 5, 6,7,8,)
Skinny Play: 1,2/3,6/7/6
Wide Play: 1,2,6,7/1,3,6,8/3,4,5,7/1,6,7,11
BEST BET: R7 – 7. SANCTUARY COVE
Next Best Bet: R8 – 6. THE AMBASSADORE
Best Roughie: R3 – 4. HONOUR 'N' STRENGTH
No3 PRIMAL TOUCH Has a tricky barrier from this start but placed past two in stronger maidens. This distance looks ideal and can finally break through here.
No1 I'M ANTMAN Lightly raced and on the up which is better than most of these. Placed last start at Beaudesert and at right distance now.
No2 TIME TO ROCK Placed past couple in the northern rivers and looks like this distance will suit.
No6 WOOLOOMAN SKY Led last start which didn't suit and has had two recent placings when ridden off the speed.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 I'M ANTMAN
No7 SNOW SPARKLE Yet another well bred mare sent to Toby Edmonds after racing in NSW. Has been placed in fair company and has the rails and a top jockey here.
No2 FANX Only start was a handy second at Murwillumbah and this isn't very strong.
No9 EXCRUCIATE Placed this track back in August and handy effort only run since when placed at Beaudesert four weeks ago. Each-way here.
No6 NIGHT WHISPER Has been placed twice in this company in previous campaigns. Has trialled twice for come back here.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 FANX
No5 JOMAR'S ELEMENT Form is sound but loves this track and has a 3kgs claim here. Could lead and be hard to run down from barrier two.
No4 HONOUR 'N' STRENGTH (BEST ROUGHIE) Talented but gets back in his races so often strikes trouble. Fitter from first-up run in a tougher race.
No1 TAMBO'S HEART Resuming here but sound in a recent trial. Has a win and two placings from three starts this track. Has a very good fresh record.
No2 TYRANNIZE Very strong at the finish when winning at the Gold Coast last start. Some more rain would help.
VALUE RUNNER: No4 HONOUR 'N' STRENGTH
No4 DUKE OF CHRISTOPHE Has won both his starts on this track including one at this trip. Looks well placed here at the weights.
No3 TONI MAY Has had her share of problems but handy run last start indicates she may be getting back to her best and that would win this.
No1 SENTIMENTAL PRINCE Two runs from a spell have been just fair but did trial well last month and on best form would win this.
No5 MALMOOSA Racing consistently in the northern rivers and winner this trip two starts back. Definite each-way hope.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 TONI MAY
No2 ISLA TRISTANA Has some good Sydney form from last campaign and no luck last start when fourth this track at 1200m. With a better run in transit can win at this more suitable distance.
No1 DEER MOUNTAIN Form this area strong since coming from NSW. Just run down in far harder race at the Gold Coast last start.
No5 COLLAR'S UP Has had two well-spaced runs this campaign but both were handy fourths. This type of race suits nicely.
No7 RAINBOW LACE Just fair first-up but has ability when on song and usually races well around this distance.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 COLLAR’S UP
No6 THE HUSSLER Placed three of four starts and good effort first-up when third in a much tougher maiden at the Gold Coast. Drawn to get the run of the race.
No3 JOEL Having first start here and has been scratched a few times of late. Has trialled well and has a good barrier here.
No1 BOOM BOY Trialled well and then two good seconds at only two starts. Has a tricky barrier but better form than most here.
No8 SPLITTER Has run second at his past two starts this track. Badly drawn here and chance if a few scratchings and he comes in a few barriers.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 JOEL
No7 SANCTUARY COVE (BEST BET) Outstanding maiden win two starts back and then no luck in a far harder race last start. This is a lot easier and should be hard to beat.
No3 CAPTAIN EYCHE Has had plenty of chances this class but never far away and this isn't overly strong.
No5 BEAU ISA Had good form last year and resumed after 10 months break for easy Beaudesert win last time. This looks winnable.
No4 HAPPY HOOVES Never far away in these races and has had a freshen since good last-start second at Doomben.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 BEAU ISA
No6 THE AMBASSADORE (NEXT BEST BET) Good second behind smart filly two starts back and then no luck last time when just behind the placegetters in a Saturday race at the Sunshine Coast.
No7 ANOTHER SLIPPER Has been competitive in some handy races in previous campaigns. Not asked to do much when last in recent Gold Coast trial.
No1 MR HENNESSY Likes to lead and drawn to do that here but has plenty of weight. Racing well in tougher races at Doomben and chance here.
No11 MISHANI SEEKA Strong wins past two starts in Toowoomba and while this is harder has some claims.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 ANOTHER SLIPPER