Volkhere a Chance in 2014 Ipswich Cup if Leading Early

June 12th, 2014

Queensland-based trainer Robert Heathcote has revealed he will instruct jockey Tim Bell to lead exciting gelding Volkhere forward in this weekend’s featured 2014 Ipswich Cup (2150m), on a track that is noted for rewarding leaders.

Trainer Robert Heathcote is hoping Volkhere can lead in the 2014 Ipswich Cup

Trainer Robert Heathcote is hoping Volkhere can lead in the 2014 Ipswich Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Steadily building to the task at hand over just three competitive starts this preparation, Volkhere was disappointing when fifteenth in the Winning Edge Signature Handicap (1400m) first-up on April 19th, but has since returned to competitive form with a strong run for third amongst classy competition in the Mittys BM90 (1800m) last time out on May 31st.

“Volkhere was a pleasing return to form at his last start,” Heathcote told Racing Ahead.

“He toughed it out, he is fourth-up now, he has fresh legs and the distance is no concern for us.

“He is coming back to form and he is a flukish chance at about 12 or 13 to one.”

A noted performer when taking the lead early in recent events, Heathcote said Volkere’s running style coupled with the quick nature of the Ipswich track should play directly into the five-year-old’s strengths this weekend.

“I certainly would like to see him in front,” Heathcote added.

“The Ipswich Cup is invariably an on-speed event, it has been in the last few years anyway, and he will be up there and hopefully handy.”

Also confirmed to race rank outsider Sam’s Town in the 2014 Ipswich Cup, Heathcote will be chasing his third victory in the feature race, having saddled talented stayer Our Lukas to back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010.

“Obviously Sam’s Town is really only in making up the numbers and there is not a lot of other options around for these open company stayers,” Heathcote added of the $101 chance.

Allocated the central barrier 9 for the 2014 Ipswich Cup, Volkhere is currently offered at a generous quote of $12 for success this weekend, or $3.80 to run a place at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Confirmed to make his final racing appearance in Queensland this weekend, veteran gelding Ironstein has so-far received the greatest share of wagers for success in the 2014 Ipswich Handicap, and is currently outright favourite and clear market mover at $5.50 odds.

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