Experienced gelding Ginga Dude heads into Saturday’s 2012 Ipswich Cup with good form behind him but will have to overcome the challenge of carrying 60kg.
The New Zealand-bred eight-year-old boasts a solid record of 14 wins from 51 starts and tackles this weekend’s $200,000 feature on the back of consecutive third-place efforts at the Brisbane Carnival.
A son of Istidaad, Ginga Dude was just a length behind Solzhenitsyn in the Lord Mayor’s Cup at Doomben before backing it up to again finish third in the Eagle Farm Cup.
If Ginga Dude were to take top honours in the Ipswich Cup this weekend, he would break the weight-carrying record for the 2150-metre race by 3.5kg that was set by Golden Rhapsody in 1981.
Trainer Graeme Boyd said it would be a tough ask to win carrying such a heavy weight but is confident the horse will produce a typical gutsy effort.
“It’s a terribly big ask for him to win with that weight but he’s full of heart and courage and never knows when to give in,” Boyd said.
Ginga Dude is easily the most credentialed horse in the race but he faces some in-form contenders who will all run at far lighter weights.
The topweight will give away 4.5kg to both Fantastic Blue and Kinnersley who both head into the race with recent wins on the board.
Gai Waterhouse-trained Kinnersley was impressive last start when beating Wazn and Firebolt to win the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup at Rosehill and also trialled well late last month.
Fantastic Blue, trained by Michael Nolan, struggled last start in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup but drops back in class and produced a surprise upset on May 26 when winning the Group 3 Premier’s Cup paying $91.00.
Other horses set to line up in the Ipswich Cup include last-start winner Ausworld and John Thompson-trained gelding Shamardashing.
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