Grey Assignment Aiming for Top Marks in 2014 Ipswich Cup

June 13th, 2014

Trainer Brian Smith is confident of a polished performance from classy gelding Grey Assignment in this weekend’s featured Ipswich Cup (2150m), despite what may appear to some to have been a less-than ideal lead-up.

Trainer Brian Smith is confident of a polished performance from Grey Assignment in the 2014 Ipswich Cup

Trainer Brian Smith is confident of a polished performance from Grey Assignment in the 2014 Ipswich Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Unable to handle the late pace when tenth in the Listed Spear Chief Quality (1500m) at Eagle Farm last time out, a strong performance behind champion mare Streama in the Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on May 3rd has Smith eyeing the major prize this weekend, particularly with jockey Larry Cassidy confirmed to retain the ride on Grey Assignment in the Ipswich Cup.

Very happy with him,” Smith told the Queensland Times of arguably his stable’s star.

“He hasn’t has much luck this year and he ran a good race at the Gold Coast; he ran sixth behind those good horses and then he got caught up in the barriers in the next start.

“But Larry and I are happy with the way he’s going into the race.”

Having claimed two victories and a minor place over three competitive starts on the Ipswich surface since debuting to racing in the winter of 2009, Grey Assignment has been allocated the ideal barrier 4 for the Ipswich Cup and is more than a chance of continuing his good form at the track this weekend.

Contesting an impressive total of 12 wins and 11 minor places from his 47 career starts to date, Grey Assignment arguably hit career-best form over the winter and spring of 2012; claiming three wins in staying events back-to-back and finishing second in the Listed Diamond Jubilee Plate (1800m) before running on from the rear of the field to finish a fighting fifth amongst classy competition in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m).

Opening at odds of nearly $15 in betting markets for success in the 2014 Ipswich Cup, punters have so-far offered the greatest share of wagers to the Refuse To Bend gelding, registering Grey Assignment as clear market mover at a current quote of $10.

Likely to make his final appearance in Queensland in the 2014 Ipswich Stakes, veteran gelding Ironstein has opened as and maintained status as outright favourite; currently offered at even $5 odds, ahead of Brave Ali and Garud; sharing the second line of betting at $6.50 odds.

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