2014 Ipswich Cup Betting Preview and Tips

June 13th, 2014

A talented field of 16 has been confirmed to line up for this weekend’s featured Ipswich Cup (2150m) in Queensland, offering punters exceptional value from a betting point of view and several key opportunities to place a winning bet.

Brave Ali is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Ipswich Cup

Brave Ali is a leading chance for success in the 2014 Ipswich Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Having so-far received the most attention from punters since final betting markets first opened on Wednesday, well-trialled veteran Ironstein is currently offered as outright$5.50 favourite to win the 2014 Ipswich Cup, and clear market mover, ahead of Brave Ali and Garud; currently sharing the second line of betting at even $7 odds.

Will Ironstein secure a memorable victory in what is likely to be his last appearance on course in Queensland, or will one of his talented rivals find the line in the clear?

1st

Brave Ali ($7)

Securing an impressive total of eleven wins and as many minor places from 36 competitive race starts to date, Brave Ali arguably offers punters the best value for money of any runner confirmed for the 2014 Ipswich Cup at current $7 odds, and is more than a chance of success from the ideal barrier 7. Beginning his racing career in New Zealand under the guidance of Lance Noble, the O’reilly gelding has completed stints at a total of three stables, but has undoubtedly hit peak condition under the care of current trainer Tony Gollan. Strolling home to win the Kirk Handicap Open (2030m) on April 12th, Brave Ali has been particularly impressive in his two most recent starts in winning the Listed Tails Stakes (2128m) and finishing third in the Group 3 Chairman’s Handicap (2000m) last time out. Confirmed to be partnered by regular jockey Tegan Harrison, Brave Ali is a leading chance for success in the Ipswich Cup.

2nd

Volkhere ($12)

Steadily building to the task this time in, Volkhere is more than worth a wager at current $12 odds to win the 2014 Ipswich Cup, or $3.80 to run a place. A strong and consistent performer over staying events in the 2013 spring carnival, Volkhere arguably faces his biggest test to date in the 2014 Ipswich Cup, but is in prime position to perform from the central barrier 10. Displaying a keen turn of foot to run on and finish a fighting third amongst classy competition in the Mittys BM90 (1800m) last time out, Volkhere has been confirmed to be partnered by in-form jockey Tim Bell this weekend.

3rd

Ironstein ($5.50)

A strong and consistent performer over each of his racing preparations since first debuting on course in the spring of 2008, Ironstein is likely to line up for his final event in Queensland in the Ipswich Cup, and is likely to receive the run of the race from barrier 6; one inside Brave Ali. Claiming victories in races such as the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) in recent years, the Zabeel gelding has returned to racing in typically consistent form this season, finishing fourth in the Eremein Handicap (1800m) last time out most notably. Geared towards a racing swansong in the Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) in July, trainer Gerald Ryan is confident of another polished performance from the eight-year-old, and offers punters great value at current odds.

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