Ipswich plays host to the Queensland feature meeting this Saturday and the biggest event on the card is of course the Listed $200,000 2012 Ipswich Cup (2150m).
A number of quality stayers will line up to contest the event and experienced gelding Ginga Dude is the current $3.00 favourite after showing impressive winter form.
The Graeme Boyd-trained eight-year-old has placed twice at Group level at the Brisbane Winter Carnival this year but faces a tough test this weekend when forced to carry topweight of 60kg from barrier 11.
Next best in the betting market is Kinnersley ($3.90) who is fresh off a win in the Lord Mayor’s Cup at Rosehill and also trialled impressively late last month.
The Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding is not the only southern horse to make the trip north, with Michael Moroney-trained Shenzhou Steeds ($6.00) also set to line up.
Other horses featuring in the Ipswich Cup include Premier’s Cup winner Fantastic Blue ($8.50) and last start winner Ausworld ($21.00).
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#3 Kinnersley ($3.90)
This Gai Waterhouse-trained gelding had a solid Sydney Autumn Carnival, finishing mid-field in two Listed events that featured quality stayers including Permit, Older Than Time and Western Symbol.
He produced an excellent run last start to win the Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup at Rosehill and won a barrier trial at Warwick Farm on May 29.
The five-year-old will carry 55.5kg, 4.5kg less than topweight Ginga Dude, and has the advantage of having in-form jockey Chris Munce on board.
#6 Shenzhou Steeds ($6.00) and #1 Ginga Dude ($3.00)
Lightly-raced gelding Shenzhou Steeds makes the trip north for just his second race at Listed level but brings with him a successful resume.
From 13 starts, the four-year-old has won five times including two starts back in the Cleanevent Handicap at Flemington in early May.
The son of Ishiguru will carry the minimum weight of 54kg and has drawn well in barrier one for what is expected to be a dry Ipswich track.
Ginga Dude has it all against him here with the topweight of 60kg and the widest barrier in the 11-horse field but against this field should still be good enough to finish in the top three.
The veteran won first-up in the Listed Members’ Quality Handicap and since then has placed twice in quality Group level races.
#9 Ausworld ($21.00)
The seven-year-old’s two most recent runs have been excellent, just placing behind Shezahotshot in the Oztronics Handicap at Doomben before turning the tables and beating her by 2 1/2 lengths on Monday.
Trainer Pat Duff said he has pulled up nicely following Monday’s hit-out and will carry no hangover effects into Saturday’s race.
The tight-turning Ipswich track can cause some horses trouble but Ausworld has run twice at the venue for two runner-up finishes.
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