Ulmann will take on the older horses in a 2015 Eye Liner Stakes test at Ipswich Racecourse this Saturday, Peter Moody’s in-form three-year-old up for the first time since a solid Sunshine Coast effort a month ago.
A winner of two of his nine starts to date the progressive Sebring colt is one of 11 hopefuls accepted to face off in the $175,000 Listed City Of Ipswich Eye Liner Stakes (1350m), which runs as Race 7 at 3:57pm (AEST) on Ipswich Cup Day.
Weights for the handicap clash are led by Wez Hunter’s 2014 The Goodwood winner Smokin’ Joey (59.5kg) who backs up off an eighth place finish behind Srikandi in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) from last Saturday at Doomben.
Ulmann meanwhile is one of eight runners getting in on the 54kg minimum, Michael Cahill riding the up-and-comer from a nice barrier six draw taking over for Moody’s stable hoop Luke Nolen.
“Mick knows Ipswich well so that is a bonus,” Moody said of Cahill.
The other option for Moody was to run Ulmann against his own age in the $65,000 T.L. Cooney Handicap (1350m) at the same meeting but the lure of a black-type trophy and having to carry five kilos less than he would have in that race was enough to convince the Melbourne-based horseman the Eye Liner is the right race.
“It is about the chance to get some black type beside his name,” Moody told AAP.
“The Eye Liner looks an ideal race but he is coming back to 1350 metres off a 1600 metre preparation,”
After a win over the Sandown-Lakeside mile on April 6, Ulmann travelled to Queensland in late April and ran a credible fourth behind Worthy Cause in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic (1800m) at the Gold Coast on Anzac Day.
From there he went to Caloundra and was second past the post beaten just under two lengths by Chris Waller’s class filly Winx in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas (1600m) on May 16.
Winx franked that form by winning the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m) at her next start, a promising result for Ulmann as he prepares to take on an open-age field of rivals at Listed level this weekend.
Originally Moody was hoping to run the galloper in last Saturday’s Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Doomben but Ulmann failed to make the field as an emergency runner.
“That is racing. You can’t change things in the past,” Moody, who is confident Ulmann could have won the Guineas, said.
“He ran a terrific second to the eventual Oaks winner Winx in the Sunshine Coast Guineas and he was a good winner at Sandown three runs back.
“Ulmann is a very well-bred entire being by Sebring out of a Danehill mare so the whole idea of going to Queensland was to chase black type.”
Some of the more notable rivals waiting for Ulmann in the Eye Liner Stakes field on Saturday include Robert Heathcote’s last start Listed Glasshouse Handicap (1300m) winning seven-year-old Riva De Lago (barrier nine) and the Tony Sears-trained Toowoomba galloper Pillar Of Creation (barrier two) who apprentice Luke Tarrant retains an association with.
The pair combined two back for a Listed Weetwood Handicap (1200m) second at the horse’s home track before God’s Own five-year-old Pillar Of Creation and Tarrant ran a brave third to Riva De Lago in the Glasshouse Handicap on Caloundra Cup Day four weeks back.
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