Midweek racing comes to us from Royal Ipswich this Wednesday. The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 4m. Fine and warm weather is forecast so we could see it upgraded to a Good 3.
Tony Gollan looks like he has a firm grip on the opening race. I’m going with his gelding Bearskin (1). He finished 2nd last start in a Class 3 at Doomben over 1200m. Post race he was found to have a cough. He now drops back to a Class 2 and only rises 1kg. He’s previously raced in Class 6 and NMW races so he has a class edge on his rivals here. Blinkers go back on and Jimmy Byrne should have him settling in a top position from the inside gate.
Madiba (3) has a good record here with 2 wins from 3 over the distance. Won here 1st up this preparation in Class 1 company. Last start he led a Class 3 field up over 1110m at Doomben before weakening. I expect improvement back in class and distance here.
All The Credit (2) resumes here on the back of an ok trial. Won 1st up last preparation over this distance.
This looks a race in 2 between Magic Love and Invincible Express. I’m siding with Invincible Express (2) for David Vandyke. She bolted in last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1000m by 3.8 lengths in the heavy going. It was little more than a track gallop. The start prior she ran 3.3 lengths 2nd to Land Office who came out and won well in city class racing. She’s drawn wide here but Ron Goltz will be able to go forward and take up a prominent position.
Magic Love (1) has been racing very well lately. She’s won her past 2 starts. 2 starts back she broke her maiden with a 4.5 length win. She then went to Doomben and won in Class 2 company. She was perhaps a little lucky to win given the 2nd horse was held up for a very long way in the straight. Jeff Lloyd will go forward here and will be hard to run down.
Lady Macan (3) resumes here after changing stables and joining Tony Gollan. She has a good 1st up record but may find this a bit short. However form is in much stronger races than this and will be running on.
Majella Magic (4) won her 1st 2 starts back from a spell this preparation. Both races were here and over this distance. Would need to lift as was well beaten by Magic Love last start.
Pinolino (8) is lightly raced and looks a mare with plenty of improvement in her. In her debut run she finished strongly over 1350m at Doomben to finish 4th. She then went to the Sunshine Coast and finished a half length 3rd over 1600m. From barrier 1 Jimmy Orman will go forward and take up a prominent position. That will make her tough to beat.
Raucous (3) finished 5th last start at the Sunshine Coast over 1600m and was 2.3 lengths behind Pinolino. He’ll be finishing strongly but he now meets Pinolino worse at the weights and has to find 2 lengths.
Shadow Magic (4) was caught wide last start when finishing 5th over 1600m at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday. Can be in the finish here with a better run.
The Gringo (6) put in a bold showing last start here over 1680m. He came from last on the turn to weave through traffic to run on strongly for a narrow 3rd. 40 days between runs raises the question about his fitness however.
Lipstick Lover (6) missed the start as short priced favourite when on debut for Tony Gollan last start at Doomben. She made good ground in the straight despite being well beaten. She has since won a trial which hopefully ironed out any starting issues. This isn’t a strong race and Robbie Fradd should be able race in a prominent position.
Real Nina (10) ran 5th on debut over 1050m at Doomben. She weakened after racing in a forward position. She’ll take improvement from that and should be handy from the nice draw.
Olympic Prince (1) was run down late when finishing 3rd at Doomben last start. He’ll be further improved here 3rd up and won’t be far away in the run from the nice gate. Claim helps.
Ruler’s Pride (4) finished a narrow 2nd here on debut before failing badly next start. He was then spelled and resumes here. Wide gate a concern but gets Jeff Lloyd in the saddle to negate that.
Moon And The Stars (3) has been racing in good form lately. 3 starts back she won at the Sunshine Coast over 1400m. She then put in 2 very good efforts at Eagle Farm over the same distance and finished off quite well for 4th on each occasion. She now steps up in distance here which looks suitable now. Tiffani Brooker who’s 3kg claim comes in handy can settle in a nice position just off the speed from the good draw.
Good Job Bro (1) is a bit hit or miss but put in a strong showing last start. He ran home strongly for 3rd behind Bound For Love at Eagle Farm over 1600m. This track probably doesn’t suit and he has to carry 59kg but he gets Jeff Lloyd in the saddle. Just needs to be close enough straightening to be a force.
Extrasay (7) won a Class 2 over 1600m at Doomben last start. Unassuming finished 2nd to her that day and that horse has since won in City class at Eagle Farm. She’s up in class here but races well here and should be prominent in the run.
Fusina (2) finished not too far behind Good Job Bro last start. He’s been in reasonable form and has a good record over this trip. Will get back and run on.
Notonyourlife (6) resumed last start at Doomben with a fair effort with 59kg. Traditionally she’s improved markedly 2nd up and I expect that to be the case here. She drops 4kg in weight and while this is a higher class than last start she has performed well in tougher races than this in the past. The speed looks quite good in this race which will help her style. Robbie Fradd can settle midfield or so from the nice draw before finding the line strongly.
King’s Dance (1) resumes here and is having his 1st run for Michael Nolan after previously racing with Mick Price in Melbourne. Form down there is good enough for him to feature here despite it being over longer. Jeff Lloyd can go forward and give them something to catch but the 59.5kg may pay a toll late.
Sunny Victory (2) has been in good form lately. He’s won 3 of his past 4 starts and his most recent win was an easy 2 length effort at Doomben. Will need some luck from the wide gate.
Action Button (8) was run down last start at Doomben over 1350m. Has been freshened and the drop in distance will suit. Drawn to get a great run.
There’s plenty of chances in the final race of the day. Shipwrecked (4) should appreciate getting on the smaller track at Ipswich. His past 2 starts have been at Eagle Farm on soft tracks and I just don’t think he handled it. The 2 starts prior to those he won over this distance at Doomben. He has a good record at this track and should be fitter given he was 5 weeks between runs last start. Tegan Harrison can settle handy from the good gate gate.
Neuschwanstein (8) has improved with each run this preparation. Last start at Eagle Farm he finished well for 5th behind Monster Of Energy. He has a good record at this track and gets in well at the weights after the claim.
Anecdote (2) has been around the mark in most runs this preparation and should be nearing a win. Steps up in trip which could suit.
Va Va Veni (1) resumes here on the back of a couple of trials. The most recent resulting in a win. Was in good form last preparation and has a good record over this distance.
Race 1 – Bearskin (1)
Race 2 – Invincible Express (2)
Race 3 – Pinolino (8)