The Queensland Winter Carnival may be coming to a close but quality racing heads to Ipswich this weekend for an exciting day of action that is highlighted by the Listed $200,000 2012 Ipswich Cup (2150m).
Nineteen horses have been nominated for the feature event and headlining the list is New Zealand-bred gelding Ginga Dude who is fresh off a third-place effort in the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup.
Ginga Dude, trained by Graeme Boyd, has been in excellent form this preparation, winning the Members’ Quality Handicap first-up before recording consecutive placings at Group level.
The son of Istidaad has 14 wins from 51 career starts including three at Group level and has collected more than $420,000 in prize money.
Toowoomba gelding Fantastic Blue is another nominated horse to experience success at the Brisbane Winter Carnival, having taken out the Group 3 Premier’s Cup on May 26.
But the Paul Nolan-trained five-year-old will have to bounce back from his last-start effort when he finished 11th in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup.
Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding Kinnersley will make the trip north for the event after winning the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup at Rosehill last month before recently impressing with a strong barrier trial.
The Al Maher five-year-old has recorded just 15 starts to date but has won on five occasions and collected more than $230,000 in prize money.
Shamardashing earlier this year recorded back-to-back victories at Doomven on the Gold Coast and then impressed when fourth in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup.
But the John Thompson-trained gelding will have to show a quick recovery to that kind of form to be a chance this weekend after struggling to finish nearly 10 lengths behind the leader when 12th in the Brisbane Cup.
Other horses nominated for the Ipswich Cup include Gold Coast-based gelding Lake George and last-start winner Ausworld.
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Ipswich Cup 2012 – Nominations
|1||ALTONIO (NZ)||Leon Davies||78|
|3||BELL ACADEMY||Bradley Herne||79.5|
|5||CROSSCANNONS (NZ)||Louise White||74|
|6||FANTASTIC BLUE||Paul N Nolan||96|
|7||GINGA DUDE (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||106|
|10||LAKE GEORGE (NZ)||John Morrisey||86|
|11||MR LIGHT BLUE||Barry Baldwin||89|
|14||SAM’S TOWN||Robert Heathcote||76|
|15||SHAMARDASHING||John P Thompson||93|
|16||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||91|
|17||SHUFFLE THE CASH||Bryan Guy||92|
|18||UNCLE JAN||Matt Kropp||71.5|
|19||WARRIOR WITHIN||Bruce W Hill||92|