Luncies Heads 2024 Ipswich Cup Field, Betting & Weights

June 19, 2024

Luncies Heads 2024 Ipswich Cup Field, Betting & Weights

The Kris Lees-trained Luncies third-up and fit heads betting on the Ipswich Cup 2024 this weekend in Queensland.

Luncies

Luncies is an early favourite in Ipswich Cup 2024 betting in Queensland this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival moves a little west of Brisbane this weekend with the actioned headlined by another exciting edition of the Listed $250,000 Ipswich Cup (2150m).

The 14-horse Ipswich Cup 2024 field is headed by Lees’ 60kg top-weight Luncies who jumps from a favourable gate four draw with Ryan Maloney in the saddle.

The British-bred grey comes off back-to-back fifths this campaign with the seven-year-old last seen crossing 3.37 lengths off Just Folk in Eagle Farm’s Group 3 Lord Mayors Cup (1800m) on June 1.

He looks set to peak now despite rising a further two kilos in the weights as he drops in grade.

Luncies has previous winning form over a mile and a half so should appreciate the Ipswich Cup distance at this point in his campaign as he chases his first win since the Group 3 Tattersall’s Cup (2400m) in June last year.

The danger occupying the second line of Ipswich Cup betting at $4.20 and firming is Annabel Neasham’s defending champion Regal Lion.

Regal Lion is out to be the first back-to-back Ipswich Cup winner since Our Lukas (2009-10) and looks in a prime position to win his first race since this event 12 months ago.

The now five-year-old son of Jakkalberry carried 54kg to his Ipswich Cup triumph last winter and is on just 53.5kg in 2024.

Two back he caught the eye when fourth to Spirit Ridge at Doomben in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m).

He was well-beaten at Eagle Farm last start when eighth in the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2400m) but will relish a drop back in class and distance this weekend looking every shot at a successful title defence.

In an open top half of the markets a further three runners are also at single-figure Ipswich Cup odds including Chris Munce’s 53kg light weight Brookhaven ($8.50).

Samantha Collett has the ride on the in-form, QTIS qualified Spieth four-year-old who jumps from a midfield gate seven draw.

His latest on June 8 at Eagle Farm saw him under a length beaten with 54.5kg in a BM90 over 1810m.

This is a test now with his previous winning form only extending to a mile, but he is being kept safe in betting by the bookies.

The Robert Heathcote-trained Dune Forty Five ($9) to be ridden by Vlad Duric from barrier three and Neasham’s other runner King Frankel ($9.50) complete the hopes currently under $10 in betting.

The Ipswich Cup 2024 is set to run as Ipswich Race 7 at 3:17pm (AEST) with full markets from Ladbrokes.com.au available by clicking here.

2024 Ipswich Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x984024x55 LUNCIES (GB) Kris Lees Ryan Maloney 4 60kg 104
2 11x02940x0 ZOUMON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 8 59.5kg 103
3 2466435×00 DESERT ICON (FR) Chris Waller Mark Du Plessis 10 58.5kg 101
4 0x0039x850 KING FRANKEL (IRE) Annabel Neasham Ms Cejay Graham (a) 5 57.5kg 99
5 21663×7536 DUNE FORTY FIVE Robert Heathcote Vlad Duric 3 54kg 55kg 92
6 x42x438218 WARP SPEED Mark Goodwin Michael Cahill 9 54kg 86
7 x7580986x0 PORT PHILIP (IRE) Marcus Wilson Jim Byrne 2 54kg 85
8 1x807x7079 CAPRICE DES DIEUX (FR) Stephen Lee Jake Bayliss 12 54kg 82
9 14612×0066 ENCODER Lee Freedman Damien Thornton 14 54kg 75
10 x099852248 REGAL LION (NZ) Annabel Neasham Robbie Dolan 11 53.5kg 91
11 56x26x8977 LONDON BANKER (NZ) Kelly Schweida Ron Stewart 6 53kg 90
12 13112×3037 NIKAU SPUR (NZ) Corey & Kylie Geran Karl Zechner 13 53kg 86
13 232×542340 RED WAVE Tony & Maddysen Sears Ms Angela Jones 1 53kg 83
14 814×017372 BROOKHAVEN Chris Munce Ms Samantha Collett 7 53kg 8

Table Credit: Racing Australia.


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