Another Ipswich meeting with the usual average fields and some short priced runners. But this one has been transferred from Wednesday to Friday because of the heat. There have been a lot of thunderstorms and rain about but the weather is scorching hot so the track should be reasonable. The big worry is the heat.
QUADDIES (races 5- 6-7-8)
Skinny Play: 1,5/2,3/1,7/6
Wide Play: 1,2,3,5/1,2,3,8/1,2,7,9/1,2,6,9
BEST BET: R8 – 6. LYRICIST
Next Best Bet: R4 – 1. THE DANGER
Best Roughie: R2 – 2. EUNGAI
No8 SAMURAI QUEEN First starter who has won a Doomben trial. Time wasn't flash but had something up her sleeve and has a 3kgs claim here.
No2 BOOMSARA First starter by a boom sire in Spirit of Boom out of a good producing mare. Ran third in a trial when not asked to do much. Respect here.
No4 MISS ESTER The most experienced horse in the field with a win at her most recent start at the Gold Coast. Has a 3kgs claim here and look a top chance here.
No1 ARRIBA First starter who has not had an official trial. But stable is renowned for first-up winners who have not trialled. Respect here.
VALUE RUNNER: No1 ARRIBA
No8 THOUGHT PROCESS Ran second on a bog track at the Gold Coast in a harder race last start. Has had three runs and got better with each one. Looks the one to beat here.
No2 EUNGAI (BEST ROUGHIE) Placed this track over 1600m three runs back. Well beaten in a Class 1 at Doomben last start but this is far easier. Looks a good roughie.
No1 DANGER IN DEVON Has had 20 starts without winning but has been minor placed seven times. Last start was a good fourth in much harder race at the Gold Coast.
No12 TIZABEE Has had 19 starts for nine minor placings. Good third last time at 2400m at Beaudesert and looks well placed here at the weights.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 EUNGAI
No2 PRIDE OF DESTINY Has always shown potential and a strong winner at the Gold Coast last start. Should be even fitter now and has drawn the inside barrier.
No1 MR MARKOU Resuming here and form before a spell was just okay. However, has a very good first-up record and the stable is flying of late.
No3 ALL PLUCK Trialled very well prior to resuming when second this track last start. One of the better hopes here.
No7 CLANG AGAIN Has not been out of the place at past five starts in similar races to this. Some more rain would help but rates an each-way hope again.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 CLANG AGAIN
No1 THE DANGER (NEXT BEST BET) Has got better with each run this campaign and has had little luck in any of them. Led to the shade of the post last time when second this track.
No2 BALEARIC Never far away in Sydney races where has been placed three times. This is easier and looks the main danger.
No13 GLAMOROUS MISS Just a run first-up at Ballina but has had three trials and we liked the most recent one. Give her a chance here at odds.
No6 NEVER IN DOUBT Has had two solid trials and two handy starts this campaign. Getting near a win.
VALUE RUNNER: No6 NEVER IN DOUBT
No2 CHASE THE WIND Has been in good form and came from well back to win against racing pattern of the day last start at this track. Hard to beat again.
No1 MYSTIC MOON Resuming here and has had two fair trials to get ready for this. Has shown some ability in Queensland and Victoria and this isn't very hard.
No5 RULING QUEEN Former New South Wales galloper who has won two trials in preparation for first Queensland start. First-up record is ordinary but might go better now.
No3 SEQ THE STAR Has been a long time between wins and even placings. But not a bad fourth here last start gives some hopes.
VALUE RUNNER: No3 SEQ THE STAR
No3 READY FOR DANGER Resuming but has won three of six starts and has raced well in Sydney on occasions. Good trial recently indicates very hard to beat here.
No1 MARTINELLI Resuming here and has a very good first-up record. Recent trial was good so commands plenty of respect.
No2 DEVIL'S FIRE Has won two races and been second 12 times which sums him up. Resuming here and handy trial gives him the usual each-way hopes.
No8 EXCELEBRAZIONE Winner this track two starts back and then second at the Gold Coast. Has ability but can do a few things wrong.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 DEVIL'S FIRE
No2 CAVALLI Came from near last to win a maiden here last start. That was a very good run and looks well placed at this distance.
No7 PONYTALES Form wasn't bad before a recent freshen up and has trialled solidly for this. Each-way here.
No9 IN KOBE Only run from a new stable was just fair but on his day he can produce a big run and chance here from a good barrier.
No1 ARGO'S REVENGE Huge odds when won a maiden this track two starts back and then since a good second at Beaudesert. Barrier no help.
VALUE RUNNER: No7 PONYTALES
No6 LYRICIST (BEST BET) No luck when fourth at Doomben last start in a far harder race. Fitter now and this race look perfect.
No2 CONSTANTINE First-up run from a spell was okay but has an excellent second-up record and this race is a nice one for him.
No1 BETTABET RED Good winner at Doomben when overcame difficulties and then didn't handle a very heavy track last time. Give another chance this better going.
No9 MR BELLAGIO Has been racing most consistent a very good winner last start. Has a top hope again here.
VALUE RUNNER: No2 CONSTANTINE