Iggi Pop to Atone in 2016 Ipswich Cup

June 17th, 2016

Iggi Pop has produced a number of impressive efforts this season, and trainer Peter Robl subsequently believes the gelding should be forgiven for a lacklustre run in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) last weekend when he lines up for the 2016 Ipswich Cup (2150m) on Saturday.

Peter Robl is pleased with Iggi Pop ahead of Saturday's 2016 Ipswich Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Peter Robl is pleased with Iggi Pop ahead of Saturday’s 2016 Ipswich Cup. Photo: Daniel Costello

Iggi Pop returned to racing this time for seventh in the Titan Sheds Handicap (1600m) on March 19th; luckless when again seventh in another Doomben minor over 1630m a fortnight later before finishing a close second to Honey Toast in the Toowoomba Cup (2000m).

Progressing to second behind Messene in the Listed Wagga Cup (2000m), the son of Savabeel was arguably at his best when second in the Listed WJ McKell Cup (2400m) on May 28th but failed to handle the track in the Brisbane Cup last weekend and finished ninth.

Robl told AAP the seven-year-old has come through last weekend’s run in great order, and expects the conditions at Ipswich to pose Iggi Pop a far-greater chance of success.

“He never handled the track at all,” Robl said of the Brisbane Cup.

“But if you go on his previous efforts they were seconds in the Toowoomba Cup, Wagga Cup and McKell Cup at Randwick,” Robl said.

“That is good form for a race like this which doesn’t appear to have much depth.

“I have put blinkers back on him to sharpen him up to get around Ipswich.”

Iggi Pop has claimed five wins and a further six minors through thirty-two career starts, since first appearing on course competitively across the ditch for trainer Vanessa Hillis in 2011.

Transferring to the care of John O’Shea in 2012, Iggi Pop made a commendable transition to black type company; posting several positive results highlighted a strong run for fourth in the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) and second in the Listed Christmas Cup (2400m).

Transferred to the care of John Sargent following his 2014 Autumn Carnival campaign, Iggi Pop arguably found career-best form to date in the spring of the same year; running fifth in the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) and second in the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality (2400m) before a luckless run in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m).

Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Ipswich Cup odds, for which Iggi Pop can be taken at a generous quote of $7.50 for success or $2.30 to finish in the first three.