Graeme Boyd-trained topweight Ginga Dude has drawn the widest barrier of the 11-horse field for Saturday’s Listed $200,000 2012 Ipswich Cup (2150m).
Already facing the challenge of carrying 60kg and trying to break a weight-carrying record by 3.5kg, it serves as another blow for the New Zealand-bred gelding who has exhibited good form this preparation.
The eight-year-old won first-up in the Listed Members’ Quality Handicap at Eagle Farm before producing consecutive place-finishes in the Group 3 Lord Mayor’s Cup and the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup.
Drawing far better is Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding Kinnersley who will be ridden by Chris Munce from barrier seven.
The Al Maher five-year-old won the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup at Rosehill on May 12 and then impressed in a barrier trial on May 29.
Paul Nolan-trained gelding Fantastic Blue gets the chance to produce another surprise victory in the Queensland Winter Carnival after storming home to take out the Premier’s Cup when paying $91.00.
The five-year-old will have to bounce back from his last-start effort when he was simply outclassed when finishing nine lengths off the lead in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup.
A son of Danehill Dancer, Fantastic Blue has won 11 times from 46 starts and collected more than $380,000 in prize money.
Drawing well in barrier four is Pat Duff-trained Ausworld who won by 2.5 lengths in a Handicap event at Doomben on Monday.
He is one of eight horses to carry the minimum weight of 54kg, including Barry Baldwin-trained Mr Light Blue who will be ridden by Jeff Lloyd from barrier 10.
The four-year-old gelding was in excellent form earlier this year but will have to turn around some recent poor results that has seen him finish a best of seventh in his last four starts.
Other horses included in the Ipswich Cup field are Robert Heathcote-trained Sam’s Town and Chairman’s Handicap third place-getter Warrior Within.
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Ipswich Cup 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||613566X133||GINGA DUDE (NZ)||Graeme Boyd||Jason Taylor||11||60kg||106|
|2||5X08X00810||FANTASTIC BLUE||Paul N Nolan||Scott Galloway||2||55.5kg||96|
|3||09X1481651||KINNERSLEY||Gai Waterhouse||Chris Munce||7||55.5kg||96|
|4||70X3596070||SHUFFLE THE CASH||Bryan Guy||Jim Byrne||5||54kg||92|
|5||0X06359308||WARRIOR WITHIN||Bruce W Hill||Paul Hammersley||9||54kg||92|
|6||111X25X916||SHENZHOU STEEDS (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Eddie Wilkinson||1||54kg||91|
|7||2311710007||MR LIGHT BLUE||Barry Baldwin||Jeff Lloyd||10||54kg||89|
|8||X33120X073||PLAYACTION||David Peoples||Larry Cassidy||6||54kg||85|
|9||0943462721||AUSWORLD||Pat Duff||Grant Cooksley||4||54kg||84|
|10||5170X09137||ALTONIO (NZ)||Leon Davies||TBA||8||54kg||77|
|11||2X78900215||SAM’S TOWN||Robert Heathcote||Ryan Wiggins||3||54kg||76|