BARN FAMILY RESTAURANT Maiden Handicap Tips (Race 3)
Ipswich Best Bet - Race 3 No. 3 Vigoroso
Although there isn't much value in the price, Vigoroso will be making his first run for Tony Gollan a winning one with Ryan Maloney in the saddle.
Following a last start third at Newcastle over 1400m, the four-year-old son of Declaration Of War has since been transferred from Gary Portelli to Gollan's stable.
Often hampered by wet tracks in the past, Vigoroso finds an extremely weak maiden over 1350m and despite drawing barrier nine, expect Ryan Maloney to push forward and keep out of trouble.
With the application of the blinkers in his stable debut, Vigoroso will be too good for her opposition at Ipswich on Friday.
SEVEN QTIS Three-Year-Old BENCHMARK 60 Handicap Tips (Race 5)
Ipswich Next Best Bet - Race 5 No. 4 Nicci's Spirit
A tiny filly out of the Tony Gollan yard, Nicci's Spirit has trialled strongly alongside Starosa can return to the winners circle after contesting Listed grade last start.
Following two narrow defeats over this trip to begin her career, this three-year-old filly thrashed her opposition over 1350m, recording a dominant win by two-lengths under Baylee Nothdurft.
After an extremely unlucky run in Listed company behind Plutocrat at Eagle Farm when finishing fifth, she was sent for a spell and has since returned with two trials, her latest a strong hit out alongside stablemate and black-type performed Starosa.
Travelling strongly in her latest trial, Nicci’s Spirit looks to have come back well again this preparation and drawn beautifully to enjoy a perfect run in transit, is one of the best bets on the program.
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CARLTON MID Class 4 Handicap Tips (Race 7)
Ipswich Value Bet - Race 7 No. 6 Nick The Skip
Following a breakthrough victory at Ballina last start, Nick the Skip was sent for a spell and has trialled extremely strongly leading into this assignment.
Carrying 59.5kg at Ballina over 1260m, the Toby and Trent Edmonds trained gelding landed just behind the speed at Ballina on his way to recording a win by the barest of margins, his first since August 2019.
After having 41 days off, the five-year-old son of I Am Invincible returned to the trials in fantastic fashion, cruising along strongly over 1000m.
Boasting two placings from as many runs at Ipswich, Nick the Skip drops five-kilograms off his last start win and if he can transfer his trial form to the races, will give plenty of cheek here at good odds.
THOROUGHBREDS SPORTS BAR Class 1 Handicap Tips (Race 9)
Ipswich Favourite - Race 9 No. 9 She Can Sing
This filly looks well placed to breakthrough on debut after a couple of smart trials in readiness for this initial race day assignment.
Jumping straight to the lead in her latest trial over 1000m, the Michael Costa trained three-year-old travelled smoothly in the lead before kicking strongly late in the trial to hold off Xanthus.
Drawn perfectly to either take up the running or settle behind the speed, the daughter of Your Song has shown that she can also drop her head and settle in the trials, allowing Ben Thompson the option depending on how the race pans out.
With strong speed drawn inside and out, expect Thompson to land positively from barrier four and if he gains clear running, She Can Sing looks primed to land in the winners circle on debut.