Iso the fitness worry – Ipswich Cup

A good mix of Ipswich specialists take  on some  of Queensland’s best dogs in the eight heats of the Ipswich Cup tonight.

The track conducive to leaders will see  the return of one of the best at that caper Iso Octane in box six in heat four.

The ex-Victorian galloper is aiming for  a nine wins in a row but hasn’t raced since dropping a pin muscle at Albion
Park in July.

Iso Octane is being set for the Group 1 $107,500  Brisbane Cup (520m) at Albion Park (November 24-December 1) at Albion Park, the
track where Iso Octane ran up his winning sequence.

Trainer Tony Brett warns that Iso Octane is 85% to  90% fit for tonight’s heats and is likely to get tired in the concluding stages.

Eight heat winners will make up the final  of the $25.000 first prize Group 3 event and Brett is hoping that class will  see the former Sandown track record holder get through.

Besides fitness  another disadvantage Iso Octane faces is the fact it will be his first race  start at Ipswich and he has never jumped from the boxes.

Brett, from Grandchester near Ipswich, has trialed Iso Octane  at the track and it is the reason he decided on entering for the series.

He has been trialling really well at Ipswich, so I thought I would  put him in the Ipswich Cup heats,” Brett said.

“I have had him galloping for the last three weeks – it is a  little bit rushed but if he can make the Ipswich Cup final he will be close to
somewhere he should be.

“The furthest he has run was a post to post which he did last week.

“It would have been nice to have had that extra week but we  haven’t got that luxury, he will probably get tired but if he can lead he may
pinch enough of a break and win the heat.

“I have him about 85% to 90% fitness, in two weeks he will be  primed.

“It is like a footy match, you need a couple of hard hit outs  before it gets really serious.”

Ifs And Butts and Time Will Tell look the main threats to Brett’s galloper.

Both go well at the track having recorded good times.

Ifs And Butts if undefeated in four starts at the showgrounds and  has a best of 30.73.

He was a last start winner at Albion Park in a good 30.36 sec and  his confidence looks to be back.

Time Will Tell is a quirky type, he is very good at his best and  has won at the course in 30.64.

The wide box will help.

Making upthe first four would be Magic Control who is racing in  the best form of  his career. He hasn’t
really mixed his Ipswich wins with great times thoiug he can get down to 30.13  at Albion Park.

He may do better tonight as his past two runs at Albion Park were  career bests.