2014 Ipswich Cup Betting Update

June 12th, 2014

A talented field of 16 stayers have been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s featured Ipswich Cup (1350m), offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Ironstein is outright favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 Ipswich Cup

Ironstein is outright favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 Ipswich Cup. Photo: Taron Clarke

Likely to make his final appearance on a Queensland racecourse in the 2014 Ipswich Cup, Ironstein has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite in betting markets for success in the 2014 Ipswich Cup, currently offered at generous odds of $6.

Claiming eight race victories and a further 14 minor places over his long and busy racing career, Ironstein has continued to produce strong and consistent results over all racing preparations since first debuting on course in 2008.

Returning to the track in typically competitive form over the 2013 spring, the Zabeel gelding was unlucky to finish second in the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) in August, and continued to build towards a fighting fourth in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) on October 5th.

Having steadily built to the task over three starts this season, trainer Gerald Ryan has revealed the Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) is likely to be Ironstein’s racing swansong, and is confident of success this weekend from barrier 6.

Currently tied on the second line of betting for success in the 2014 Ipswich Cup with Garud, Tony Gollan-trained stayer Brave Ali arguably offers punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed for this weekend’s feature race at $7 odds.

Securing eleven race wins and as many minor places from 36 competitive starts, Brave Ali has returned to the track in scintillating form this time in; winning the Akubra Quirindi Cup (1600m) on February 21st, and while unlucky to be blocked for a run and fifth in the Armidale Cup (1900m), claimed an impressive three victories back-to-back in his proceeding race starts, including the Listed JRA Tails Stakes (2128m) on April 26th.

Displaying a keen turn of foot to finish third amongst classy company in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) last time out, the O’reilly gelding has been confirmed to be partnered by jockey Tegan Harrison and is a great chance of success from the central barrier 7.

While unable to figure in contention in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) first-up on April 19th, Garud has more than earned his position in the Ipswich Cup with two impressive performances for third in staying events at Flemington through May.

Securing three wins and 13 minor places from his 26 competitive starts, Garud has developed a knack for running hard late, often bursting from the rear of the field to finish in contention.

Having to overcome the awkward barrier 13 in this weekend’s feature race in Queensland, the High Chaparral gelding perhaps offers punters best value for money via generous $2.70 odds to run a place.

Opening at odds of more than $20, punters have so-far offered the greatest markets share of wagers for Brayroan; registering the seven-year-old as clear market mover at current $17 odds.

While yet to hit peak condition this time in, the Zabeel gelding has received an ideal lead-up to the Ipswich Cup, and will be boosted further by leading Queensland-based jockey Chris Munce.

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