This Saturday the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival action moves out to Ipswich Racecourse with the day’s headline event being the Ipswich Cup 2015.
Nominations for this year’s $175,000 Listed Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) feature a dozen staying types, the highest rated of which is Bevan Laming’s Tough Speed seven-year-old Banca Mo.
The gelding won the Listed Mornington Cup (2400m) in late March but has finished out of the money in his two most recent runs at Doomben including his dead last when 10th behind Frespanol in the Listed Spear Chief Handicap (1630m) on May 30.
He faces a test to get the form back this weekend then at a track he’s yet to race out, the Jacobs Well-based Laming hoping the veteran can return to his Mornington Cup winning ways.
There are four last start winners nominated for the Ipswich Cup this winter including the Bruce Hill-trained Miss Husson who is one of only two female gallopers nominated to take on the boys along with Wayne Walter’s young filly No Tricks.
A winner of two of her past three starts, Husson four-year-old Miss Husson was last seen winning over 1800m at the Sunshine Coast on June 3 and she boasts a good record at Ipswich with a win from her two previous starts at the track.
Savabeel three-year-old No Tricks meanwhile is right down in class on Saturday following her sixth behind Chris Waller’s runaway winner Winx in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at Doomben on May 3u0.
Last year’s Ipswich Cup winner was the Tony Gollan-trained Brave Ali and this year Gollan returns with Hi Son, a five-year-old son of Husson.
After a Toowoomba Cup 10th behind Gai Waterhouse’s subsequent Doomben Cup winner Pornichet in early May, Hi Son was last seen running fifth when only beaten two lengths by Faust in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2020m) at Doomben on May 23.
Also coming off a good Premier’s Cup run is the Lloyd Kennewell-trained Baligari, the Purrealist four-year-old from Adelaide having run half a length away second.
Along with Miss Husson the other last start winners nominated for the Ipswich Cup this year are the Bryan Guy-trained six-year-old Noisy Ocean, Savabeel gelding from Brisbane Shotover River and Bruce Hill’s Gold Coast galloper Vodnik.
Others coming off nice lead-up form include the Andrew Williamson-trained Darci Be Good who ran a neck away second in the Spear Chief Handicap and Mark Palmer’s Shadow Creek four-year-old Kobi Creek who comes off a second over 2200m at the Sunshine Coast from May 29.
The official Ipswich Cup 2015 final field and barriers are out on Wednesday so stay tuned.
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2015 Ipswich Cup Nominations
Ipswich Racecourse – 13/06/2015
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||214x555x87||BACHELOR ZEEL (NZ)||G||5||Frank Ritchie||66|
|3||8×43232100||BANCA MO||G||7||Bevan Laming||100|
|4||11368×6123||DARCI BE GOOD (NZ)||G||6||Andrew Williamson||96|
|5||123×265505||HI SON||G||5||Tony Gollan||91|
|6||9×66512132||KOBI CREEK||G||4||Mark Palmer||70|
|7||0574370101||MISS HUSSON||M||4||Bruce W Hill||80|
|8||x244421606||NO TRICKS (NZ)||F||3||Wayne Walters||78|
|9||04060×0161||NOISY OCEAN||G||6||Bryan Guy||90|
|10||304222×971||SHOTOVER RIVER (NZ)||G||5||John, Dan & Chris Meagher||82|
|11||1128236041||VODNIK (IRE)||G||5||Bruce W Hill||–|