2011 Ipswich Cup heats preview

Tonight’s Ipswich Cup heats preview

Eight heats of the Group 3 Ipswich Cup will be contested tonight with Surfin’ Steffi in heat two the early scratching.

Heat 1:

The best dog is the Tony Brett  trained Glen Gallon (box 8).

His problem is that he is not a flash beginner but Brett is happy enough he has drawn to miss trouble.

He is also field smart so given an ounce of luck – he looks tough to beat.

Mercy Rule (box 1) has class but not a great record at Ipswich. He has the box to show his best.

Night Shivers (box 4) on the other hand goes best at Ipwich having won five of ten starts at the track witj a 30.72 best.

Jack Swagger, Alota The Best, Sneaky Spirit and Beilpajah Power, the latter beating Glen Gallon when they met last start.

Verdict: Glen Gallon, Night Shivers, Beilpajah Power.

Heat 2:

Two dogs possess class in this heat and who have shown liking for Ipswich are Matilda’s Charm and Bogie King (box 3).

The later has done it on the bigger stages having won the National Derby and running third in the Topgun at The Meadows.

Matilda’s Charm however has a lightning 30.44 to her credit at Ipswich and has drawn (box 1).

She had no luck when third to Magic Control last start after early trouble and possesses to the speed to lead and win.

Diamond Sparkles just keeps on improving but has only had one start at this track for a second to Kenny’s Karma back in June – He ran the equivalent to 30.85.

Undoubtedly he has improved  since but he is meeting two good ones here.

Honey Lass likes this track more than others. She has won three races here with a best of 30.52.

Verdict: Matilda’s Charm, Bogie King and Honey Lass.

Heat 3:

Isadel is a classy bitch who has a particular liking for Ipswich.

The Christina Apap trained bitch has won five of six at the track has a best of 30.60.

She is very good when she can lead but has fast beginners Maybe Elite (box 4) and Special Premier (box 7) either side which may make that task a little tougher.

Maybe Elite at her best would be a force in this race.

She had her first start since August last week at Albion Park and ran on well after a slower than usual getaway.

While she has won two races at Ipswich she hasn’t raced over the 520m here.

Here’s To You (box 1)is the other greyhound with lots of talent. With a 30.56 best at the track from three wins in five starts here, he should be included in everything.

His flaw is slow starts but the class in this race drops away quickly and he is likely to get the room desired to give it his best.

Verdict:  Isadel, Here’s To You and Maybe Elite.

Heat 4:

Iso Octane is aiming for nine wins straight but hasn’t raced since July.

His trainer Tony Brett believes he might tire near the end as he is 85%-90% fit.

What has aided Iso Octane in his wins has been his quick getaways.

All those wins have been at Albion Park and he has his first race start at Ipswich tonight.

The obvious class runner and still the one to beat.

Ifs and Butts and Time Will Tell can pounce of any sign of weakness.

Time Will Tell is especially talented but gets behind and works through packs.

Ifs And Butts is four from four at Ipswich and is back in top form after winning at Albion Park in 30.36.

That is a great record here considering he has only won 11 of 45 all up.

Magic Control is in great form and is a winner of three starts at the track.

He hasn’t converted those wins into great times but might tonight judging by his recent efforts.

Iso Octane is obvious but vulnerable at this stage.

Verdict: Iso Octane,Time Will Tell, Ifs And Butts.

Heat 5:
The Selena Zammit trained Sobbing Destiny (box 8)was been good for quite a while until her past month.

But there are good reason here why she can bounce but to her best.

Box eight is the best alley she has had for quite a while – in fact good boxes have rarely come her way having had 28 starts for one start from the red and only two previous starts form the pink.

Her winning asset is her early speed and she has won 12 races courtesy of that early ping.

Happily the daughter of Bond is also an Ipswich lover.

She has won twice at the track in three starts and has recorded 30.64.

Ghost Citi (box 7) excels at this track having won six of 11 starts over the trip here. He is also quick early and has a slick 30.50 to his credit here.

If he holds out Sobbing Destiny he can beat her.

We could see early dash from Mr Premier (box 5) and Alota Courage (box 2).

Mr Premier can be hard to catch but on his night is most talented. He has won two from four over the track and distance and has a best of 30.56.

Pure Adrenalin ran to his best when a last start Albion Park winner in 30.15. He hasn’t particularly taken to  Ipswich giving an edge to some of those mentioned above.

Verdict: Sobbing Destiny, Ghost Citi, Mr Premier.

Heat 6

Ghost Hawks brother Citi Hawk (box 5) is an especially good dog as he is quite a reliable beginner with a touch of class.

He was checked out of it last start at Albion Park but comes back to Ipswich where he has a very good record of seven wins from 12 starts and a best of 30.46.

He doesn’t do anything stupid in races but there is a danger to his outside.

Cousin Alfie (box6 ) can be a bit hot and cold but he likes to cross sharply to the fence which may cause Citi Hawk a worry if they clash.

Ray Burman’s dog Migaloo Magic (box 8) has only had nine starts and is still working things out but has plenty of ability.

He has already broken 30 sec at Albion Park and importantly has won both races at this track with a best of30.63.

This will be his first start from box eight.

Both Duffy (box 4) and Elliot Tee (box 3) are average beginners but possess talent.

Elliot Tee has only races at Ipswich once and was unplaced – he may be a risk we are prepared to take.

Duffy, the recent Lismore Cup winner, has won twice at Ipswich and has a best of 30.45.

That time came at just his second race start from his favourite box one.

Obviously there is more depth in this race than when winning his grade five but he certainly should be included in multiples.

Verdict: Citi Hawk, Migaloo Magic, Duffy.

Heat 7

This heats has at least two classy dogs.

It was this time last year when He Knows Uno was an emerging talent who ran third in the Cup final before going on to win the Brisbane Cup.

The path is the same and just to show how far he has come he started in the Topgun when fifth to Allen Harper last start.

The Meadows was never really going to be his track for the slow beginner with the big finish.

He Knows Uno (box 4) has won here in 30.54 and is simply too classy to dismiss.

Bogie Beltah’s best time here is not far away in 30.58 sec. What is most pleasing about this bitch was her last start win at Albion Park, a track she hasn’t particularly liked,

She flashed home along the rails to win in 30.26 suggesting she is in great form.

Honey Brass (box 5), Beilpajah Fire (box 6) and Mini Pod (box 7)  have all got good Ipswich form, particularly Honey Brass but her box isn’t going to help much.

Nicely drawn here in two, she can stick to the rails again and undoubtedly will be in the finish.

Noir Warrior (box 8) has been a good dog but has never won a race from either box seven or eight.

Verdict: He Knows Uno, Bogie Beltah, Honey Brass.

Heat 8

If a market was set up for the winner of the final Cold Fusion (box 1) would be close to leading it despite the fact the has never raced at Ipswich.

He has broken 30 secs at Wentworth Park and Albion Park more than once and is racing in top form.

Last Saturday he had no luck in the Vic Peters Final at Wentworth Park but never gave up the chase.

In truth box eight was never going to suit him but the red does, right down to the ground.

He has won three of four starts form the alley and despite being a slow beginner looks the one to beat in the final heat.

Red Rocket’s (box 4) past two runs will tell you a lot about this dog lately. He won at Albion Park in 29.91 then ran last behind Isadel who recorded 30.51.

He can win this heat at his best and the good sign is that he is two for two at Ipswich.

What might disturb him tonight is that Spindle (box 3) is quick early and may not let him get that cushy lead that he strives.

Kenny’s Karma and Hail A Mail go best at Ipswich.

Kenny’s Karma having won six of his nine starts at this track. Hail A Mail four of eight at the track.

They lack the true class of Cold Fusion and Red Rocket but given luck can get amongst it.

Super Surfer (box 8) has always had plenty of talent but seems to invent trouble when none seems lurking.

Maybe from out wide on this track he will get a bit of luck.

Verdict: Cold Fusion, Red Rocket, Super Surfer.