Wide Barrier Spells Trouble For Secret Garden In 2013 Ipswich Cup

June 13th, 2013

Trainer Paul Nolan is hoping that barrier 15 will not spell the end for Secret Garden in the Ipswich Cup this Saturday June 15, 2013.

The four-year-old mare will be forced to sit at the pack of the field and wait for her opportunity to arise in the sprint for home.

Secret Garden

Secret Garden has drawn wide for the 2013 Ipswich Cup this Saturday. Picture by Daniel Costello.

Secret Garden has won six of his 22 race starts and has earned more than $138,000 in prize money during his horse racing career.

Her most recent result was a fourth placing behind Planetarium in the $50,000 Mitty’s Handicap at Eagle Farm Racecourse on June 1, 2013.

“With 16 runners they should string out with plenty of pace on and typically in an Ipswich Cup everyone takes off at the 800 metres,” Nolan said.

“I’d like to think they will start attacking each other from that point and we can be somewhere there tracking up behind them coming to the home turn.”

With the wet weather at Ipswich over the past few days, a wide barrier can sometimes spell trouble for the horses with a wide barrier.

“Everyone says you won’t want to be on the fence if Ipswich is wet but we also don’t want to travel four wide the whole way,” the trainer said.

“Eight or nine would’ve been ideal but from 15 she’s either going to be caught wide or have to go an awfully long way back to get in.

“The only good thing is there does appear to be plenty of speed in the race which she’s been crying out for at her past three runs.”

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