In­side run­ning: How the 2018 Ip­swich Cup hopes stack up

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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.

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