Gollan Confident in Brave Ali ahead of Ipswich Cup

June 12th, 2014

Securing an impressive record of two race wins and a minor place since transferring to the care of in-form trainer Tony Gollan, Brave Ali has been confirmed in the final field for this weekend’s featured Ipswich Cup (2350m) in Queensland.

Trainer Tony Gollan is confident of success for Brave Ali in the 2014 Ipswich Cup

Trainer Tony Gollan is confident of success for Brave Ali in the 2014 Ipswich Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Ridden to the lead early in each of his three most recent appearances, Gollan is confident the Ipswich track will play into the strength of Brave Ali particularly well this weekend, and is expecting another polished performance from his stable’s newest acquisition ahead of what is likely to be a preparation-ending run in the Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) on July 10th.

“Brave Ali is an on pace runner so he should be suited in the Ipswich Cup,” Gollan said.

“He won the Tails Handicap at the start of the winter but the aim all along with him was to target these longer races at the back end of the carnival then go on to the Grafton Cup next month.

“His last run in the Chairman’s was very good.”

Contesting an impressive record of eleven race wins and as many minor places from 36 competitive race starts to date, Brave Ali began his racing career under the guidance of Kiwi trainer Lance Noble in 2011, before crossing the ditch to join Tim Martin’s Rosehill Gardens stables in 2012.

Arguably returning to racing in career-best form this time in, Brave Ali won the Akubra Quirindi Cup (1600m) on February 21st, and has continued to build in form and class in winning all of the Brazilian Beauty Handicap (2100m), Kirks Handicap (2030m) and Listed JRA Tails Stakes (2128m) back-to-back before finishing third in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) last time out; his maiden appearance in a Group-level event.

Confirmed to be partnered by jockey Tegan Harrison, Brave Ali is currently offered at generous odds of $7 for success in the 2014 Ipswich Cup; tied on the second line of betting with Garud.

Having so-far received the highest market share of wagers since betting markets for the Ipswich Cup first opened on Wednesday, well-trialled veteran Ironstein is currently outright favourite and clear market mover for success at $5.50 odds.

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