Ipswich is back to Fridays after a stint as a Wednesday club. It is a typical Friday meeting with small fields and some short priced favourites. But we will look for some value.
QUADDIES (races 5,6-7-8)
Skinny Play: 2,4/1,3/2/1,7
Wide Play: 2,3,4,7/1,2,3,4/2,3,7,9/1,5,7,8
BEST BET: R2 – 1. DESMON'S PRIDE
Next Best Bet: R3 – 6. FREQUENDLY
Best Roughie: R7 – 3. NORTHERN DEVINE
No2 JUST FAVULOUS Comes from a family of winners and was very well backed for first start when failed at Doomben. This easier and rates highly.
No1 GRAND DE LAGO From the leading two year old stable and much getter run last start when second in Toowoomba. This is no harder.
No3 ARDOYNE ROAD First starter who has not trialled officially. But has been entered for a few better races than this of late so reportedly has ability.
No5 JULIANNE’S WISH Is a first starter who is bred for pace and good in a recent trial gives her a hope here.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 ARDOYNE ROAD
No1 DESMON'S PRIDE (BEST BET) Promising horse who looks too good for these after winning his past two starts at the Gold Coast. Only worry would be a slow early pace.
No3 REALLY REILLEY Looks the main danger to the top weight with a win and two seconds at past three runs. Probably wants a bigger track and will need early pace.
No5 LEGAL COUNSEL Under-rated horse who won at the Gold Coast two runs back and then placed that track last start. Each-way here.
No7 HELLAROO Heavily backed this track last start and had every chance when third. But does like it here and has some hopes.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 HELLAROO
No6 FREQUENDLY (NEXT BEST BET) Was once a ruling favourite for a Magic Millions Classic. Wasn't doing much before first-up effort when third this track in an 800m race. Better placed here and at best would beat these by six-lengths.
No7 LIPSYNC Ran home hard to win here last start. Will get early pace to suit here and this looks ideal.
No1 POWERFUL SAGA Was racing very well before honest effort when just behind the placegetters at Doomben last Saturday. This is far easier.
No4 PATRONIZING Ran on in an unsuitable 800m race last start and this looks to be a better distance.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 LIPSYNC
No2 RAINBOW SPIRIT No champion but always tries hard. Was a very good fourth last start behind a future top horse.
No3 THE MONK Rarely wins but always about the place money. A wet track would help and some early pace is also an asset.
No5 MAJOR LUCK Took a long time to win his maiden and that was last start at Murwillumbah. Stables insists he has ability so stick with him.
No6 PRINCE OF FLINDERS Placed the Sunshine Coast last time and always a place hope these type of races. Won't find an easier race.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 MAJOR LUCK
No7 METIS First starter who has won both her trials in very good fashion. On trial form should win this.
No2 DOOM At second race start ran on strongly to finish second at the Gold Coast. A repeat here would see a win.
No4 PUNDIT Has been racing well around the country tracks and was second at the Murwillumbah last start. This isn't much harder and rates highly.
No3 MR DUMONT Good second at first race start and then two runs before a spell were solid. Has trialled for return here so must be respected.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 MR DUMONT
No1 DIAMONDS ARE Former Victorian who won two trials before scoring a strong win first starter this area at the Gold Coast. Hard to beat again.
No3 DON'T LEAVE ME OUT Won his only start at the Sunshine Coast. Scratched a few times lately to run here. Respect.
No2 FANX Good winner this track at third race start. Should go on with it now.
No4 BIMINI ROAD Very promising filly who won her maiden here before a break and then won a Deagon trial easily. Has been entered for some top races at Doomben on Saturday. Top chance if starts here.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 FANX
No7 TANGO YANKEE No luck last start when fourth at the Sunshine Coast and this is a lot easier. Gets her chance here.
No3 NORTHERN DIVINE (BEST ROUGHIE) Has been placed two of past three starts with the latest a third at the Sunshine Coast in similar company to this. Chance at each-way odds.
No2 LADY MICAELA Is trained this track and usually races well here. Has been freshened since last-start defeat at Toowoomba.
No9 WITNESS Run down in the final 100m last start when led. Similar tactics here would see her in the finish again.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 NORTHERN DIVINE
No1 SMOOTH CONSUL Won two at the Sunshine Coast and then handy runs in better company in the city. This is easier and just has to cope with the big weight.
No7 WAKE UP JEFF Only bad run was at Doomben when nothing went right. Toowoomba winner last start and this distance should suit.
No5 BROCSON Gets back in his races which means he rarely has much luck. Suited stepping up to 1700m at third run back from a spell.
No8 MONTRER DAME We might as well just use last time's comment. She got back and ran on for a minor placing. Will win one day with luck.
VALUE RUNNER: No5 BROCSON