Inside running: How the 2018 Ipswich Cup hopes stack up
TRADESMAN finished second behind Egg Tart in the PJ O’Shea Stakes and is a clear favourite in the Ipswich Cup.
Can Tradesman record the biggest win of his career to date or will there be an Ipswich Cup upset?
Ladbrokes have analysed all 11 horses in the field.
Ecuador: Steps back up in trip after he failed to fire in the Wayne Wilson Mile at Doomben last weekend. There is no doubt that his best form would have him right in this contest, but it has been a long time between wins.
Tradesman: There is no doubt that Tradesman is the horse to beat in the Ipswich Cup. He was a touch disappointing after being wellbacked in the Doomben Cup, but he produced a much better effort when he finished second behind Egg Tart in the PJ O’Shea Stakes. A repeat of that effort would make him tough to beat. He maps to get a lovely run just behind the leaders with Dean Yendall in the saddle.
Emphasis: Was solid first-up at the Sunshine Coast, but he has gone backwards the further that he has gotten into his Winter campaign. He was never able to get into the race in the Lord Mayor’s Cup and this is a big step up in trip.
Tumultuous: Is capable of a high-rating performance and he showed that when he won the Magic Millions Trophy earlier this year. He has not shown anything like that type of form in his recent race starts and he was handily beaten in the Premier’s Cup.
My Giuliano: Could be the main danger to Tradesman and he does appeal at his current price of $15. His last start effort at the Gold Coast was better than it looks on paper and he should be ready to peak third-up over 2200 metres. Any give in the Ipswich track will be a big advantage.
All In Vogue: Is the extreme outsider in the Ipswich Cup field. Although her form in New Zealand isn’t bad, she hasn’t performed at anywhere near that level since she was sent to Queensland. Her run in the Premier’s Cup was very plain.
First Crush: Is another horse that will step up in distance following a poor run in the Lord Mayor’s Cup. He has gone backwards since he finished a solid third in the Toowoomba Cup but the step up to 2150 metres does suit.
Sergeant Blast: This is a step up in class for Sergeant Blast after he finished an unlucky sixth in a Benchmark 90 event at Ipswich. He showed some promise as a younger horse in New Zealand but he is untested at this level.
Miss Dubois: There are few fitter horses in this field than Miss Dubois and her recent form has been fair. She does map to get a long way back from the wide barrier draw and that does make her task tough but she could be one for the exotics.
Smart As You Think: It has been an eternity between wins for Smart As You Think. She has been racing well and her effort in the PJ O’Shea Stakes was more than credible. But due to her record, she is always a tough mare to back with any confidence.
Skulduggery: Has joined
the stable of Damien Batters after starting his racing career under the care of Shawn Mathrick. His efforts since arriving in Queensland have been fairly flat. Even his very best form probably wouldn’t be good enough to win this contest.