2018 Ipswich Cup Day Preview

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Race 1 - 11:40am

BenchMark 75 Handicap (1350m)

A Mist Opportunity will relish a huge drop in class and the Melbourne mare will be hard to beat in the first on the nine race card on 2018 Ipswich Cup Day. Bobby El-Issa will team up with Caulfield trainer Andrew Noblet on A Mist Opportunity who is coming off a last start fifth in the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes over 1200m at Morphettville. Fit For Purpose will also appreciate the drop in class and the top weight Bergerac will still have plenty of weight even with apprentice Boris Thornton’s 3kg claim, but does have a good first up record.

4 Units A Mist Opportunity

Race 2 - 12:10pm

BenchMark 80 Handicap (1666m)

Sabkhat is climbing up in the weights following his last start win over 1600m at Doomben but a good barrier draw will help his chances. Denbern is racing in fair form with a win two starts back over 1800m at the Gold Coast followed by a close up fourth over 1600m at Doomben. Cascata Rossa had been runner up twice over this course and distance and Time Lord is dropping back to a more suitable distance.

2 Unit Denbern

Race 3 - 12:42pm

QTIS 2yo Handicap (1100m)

The Tony Gollan trained Tullio was a last start winner over the same course and distance as Saturday’s event and the More Than Ready youngster will be hard to beat again. Parko was very impressive with a six and a half lengths win to break his Maiden at the Gold Coast and a repeat effort will see him amongst the prizemoney again. Perfect Aim has been around the money of late and Spot On Spud and Spending My Time are both coming off Toowoomba Maiden wins.

2 Units Tullio

Race 4 - 1:17pm

BenchMark 80 Handicap (2150m)

Ready For Danger is on a hat trick following two wins at the Gold Coast and Jim Byrne will be able to give the four year old a sweet run from barrier two. Lucky Jackson was a winner at the Sunshine Coast two starts back and will appreciate the drop back in class after finishing ninth in the Group 3 Grand Prix Stakes over 2200m at Doomben. Evolo has similar form as Lucky Jackson.

2 Units Each Way Lucky Jackson

Race 5 - 1:57pm

QTIS 3yo Handicap (1100m)

Envy Of All will meet Miss Exfactor better at the weights after finishing second to her at the Sunshine Coast and gets her chance to reverse the placings here. Basara finished third in the same race and will be amongst the prizemoney again with a repeat performance. Don’t Leave Me Out has had plenty of support in the betting at Ladbrokes.com.au following a recent seven lengths barrier trial win at Doomben.

2 Units Envy Of All

Race 6 - 2:37pm

Class 6 Plate (1200m)

Oink is well overdue for a win after being placed at his last six starts, his latest a second over 1350n at Doomben. Ringo’s A Rockstar will appreciate the drop back in class and will get a nice run in transit from barrier six with Ron Stewart in the saddle. Sword Of Justice and Wild ‘N’ Famous have each way claims.

2 Units Oink

Race 7 - 3:17pm

Ipswich Cup (2150m)

The Darren Weir trained Tradesman has earned his spot at the top of the market order at Ladbrokes.com.au and will find this a much easier assignment than his last start second to Egg Tart in the weight for age Group 2 P.J. O’Shea Stakes at the Sunshine Coast. Ecuador has been struggling to find his best form of late but will be suited by the tight turning Ipswich track and if he is allowed to dictate the race from the front will figure in the finish. Smart As You Think has consistent form.

4 Units Tradesman

Race 8 - 3:57pm

Eye Liner Stakes (1350m)

Lucky Hussler is a two time Group 1 winner and the Darren Weir trained eight year old looks well weighted here even with the 61kg and will get a nice run from barrier two. Religify is also first up and is certain to race well on the fresh side. Moss ‘N’ Dale is also in the mix coming off a last start win at Flemington while I’m A Rippa and Tyzone will fly the flag for the locals.

2 Units Lucky Hussler

Race 9 - 4:33pm

Gai Waterhouse Classic (1350m)

Platinum Angel has drawn awkwardly in the Gai Waterhouse Classic but if Dean Yendall can find a way to overcome the wide barrier, the Darren Weir trained filly is the one to beat. Plucky Girl is racing in outstanding form with wins from her last four starts and Jeff Lloyd will give her every chance from an inside gate. Tumbler always gives her backers a good sight but has been given the top weight for her consistency.

2 Units Platinum Angel