Midweek racing comes to us from Ipswich this Wednesday. The track is rated a Soft 7 with the rail is out 5m. Hot days are forecast but afternoon thunderstorms are also a decent possibility. A soft track looks most likely.
***Track and Weather updated Wednesday morning: After an early morning storm the track has come up a Heavy 9. More storms are forecast later in the day.***
Just the 4 runners go around in the opening event over 1010m. Jetsonic (1) is too short to back but looks the winner. He resumes here and is undefeated in 2 1st up runs. He raced well in some very good 3 year old races last preparation and has raced well on a rain affected track. Should be too strong in the run home.
French Jet (3) resumes here following a very good 1st preparation. He won by 3.5 lengths on debut at Toowoomba before coming to town at his 2nd start and finishing 2nd. He has the necessary early speed to come across and find a prominent spot. Natural improvement during the spell should see him right in the finish.
Mishani Sleuth (1) raced many races last preparation and was mostly competitive in city class racing. He resumes here and should be able to settle just off a solid speed. 2kg claim helps.
Love A Rose (4) resumes here on the back of a good 1st preparation. Following an average debut she went on to win her next 2 starts. She’ll spot them a start but will be coming home strongly.
These 800m races are dicey at the best of times but when it’s a maiden consisting mostly battlers then it’s a low involvement race. Soltinho Lad (2) resumes here and gets the man in red hot form Jeff Lloyd in the saddle. I thought this guy’s 1st preparation was quite good. He finished a close 4th here on debut over this trip against some horse that went on to perform well. Last start he struggled in town. Blinkers go on for the 1st time which could really sharpen him up over this short sprint.
Cougar (6) resumed here last start over this trip and fought on well for 2nd. While he was well beaten, he had the others covered easily. Should be improved 2nd up.
Regnant (5) is a 1st starter who hasn’t been seen publicly. Goes in purely because the others have shown very little and it wouldn’t have to be a star to win.
Constantine (2) is having his 1st start for Chris Munce after formerly being with Gerald Ryan in Sydney. He’s had just the 1 start and it was decent effort finishing 3rd at Beaumont. He was held up in the straight but once clear did finish quite well. From barrier 2 Larry Cassidy should give him a nice run.
Tiz (8) has been sent out favourite in all 3 starts this preparation but has only managed a couple of 3rds. Gets in with a postage stamp weight after the claim and should be prominent in the run.
Scarlet Begonias (7) went quite well on debut on a heavy track before resenting the firm track next start when failing. Resumes here after a long break so may need the run. 2kg claim helps.
Yesido (4) resumes here with the blinkers on for the 1st time. Will no doubt go forward with Skey Bogenhuber in the saddle and could be hard to run down.
Ice Frost (4) looked the good when winning her 1st 2 starts here over this distance. She went to the front and didn’t give her rivals a chance, running slick time in the process. Last start she went to town and competed against some decent 3 year olds and did ok considering she did a lot of work in the run. She’ll appreciate coming back to Ipswich and gets the blinkers on for the 1st time. Drawn out but she should be able to get across.
Magic Diamond (1) trialled well before finishing in the placings her past 2 starts. She should be further improved here 3rd up but does struggle to win.
Nyrambla (2) bolted in last start at Toowoomba when winning by 5 lengths over 1000m. Will go forward from the nice gate and could prove hard to catch.
Reward For Riches (5) resumes here and is unbeaten in 2 fresh runs. Looked to have some ability in 1st preparation and the 3kg claim helps.
Zendaye (2) resumed last start here over 1100m and worked home well after settling a long way back. The rise to 1350m 2nd up looks ideal and I’d expect him to be hitting the line strongly. Last preparation he competed in some strong 2 year old races in town suggesting he has some ability. The stable is flying at the moment.
Legs Unbarred (6) has been in good form this preparation. Went quite well last start when taking on stronger opposition in town. Unfortunately has only won 1 of 16 starts. Will go forward from wide gate.
Wind Catcher (3) won 2 starts back to break his maiden but struggled when taking on city class company last start. Drawn well and the 3kg claim helps.
Just Truckin’ (5) has been racing well lately with a win 3 starts back and very good 2nd last start. Will lead these and if left alone could prove hard to run down.
Dream Of Slips (3) has been racing fairly this preparation in tougher races. He hasn’t won beyond 1200m but from the inside gate Jeff Lloyd will be able to give him a sweet run which will give him every chance to run the trip out.
Mahican (1) has improved in his past 2 starts and looks close to a win. Led and was only run down late in town last start over 1400m. Wide barrier a concern.
Romanarma (4) improved 2 starts ago when going within a whisker of winning at Eagle Farm. Had excuses last start so can show up here.
Fleur D’Orage (10) is in reasonably poor form. However you can throw that out the window when she gets on a heavy track as she becomes a different horse. She’s won all 4 heavy races.
Race 4 – Constantine (2)