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Eye Liner Stakes Tips - Gollan to claim Ipswich sprint feature

Aaron Hamilton in Free Tips 12 Jun 2019
Jockey Josh Oliver (left) rides Snitch to victory (PA Images)

Trainer Tony Gollan saddles up four runners in Saturday’s Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich and looks poised to claim the $175,000 feature. 

I’m A Rippa set a frantic pace in the Stradbroke Handicap and weakened to finish 8.3 lengths from Trekking who won the race in record time (1:21.86).

Coldstone defeated Music Magnate three starts back but has disappointed in his last two, while Natch comes off a 2nd placing in the Spear Chief Handicap (1350m) and Snitch was also runner-up behind the in-form Cruze over 1400m at Eagle Farm. 

The Spear Chief form looks strong as they ran quicker overall time and final 600m than the BRC Sprint (1350m) which was won by Tyzone who then finished 2nd in the Stradbroke Handicap. 

For that reason, I rate Natch a strong chance on Saturday, but it’s his stablemate, Snitch, that I want to focus on.

Snitch is a sparingly-raced four-year-old son of Lope De Vega, and he’s racked up six wins and six placings from 19 starts.

He jumped from barrier 11 and carried 58kg last start, and after settling around midfield and challenging strongly in the straight, he dived and just missed behind Cruze who carried 52kg and stopped the clock in 1:22.36 on a Good 4.

That time was only three lengths off the Stradbroke Handicap which was run on a Good 3 – so you could argue Snitch’s performance was on par with Trekking. 

Snitch ran his final 200m in 11.38 which was marginally slower than Endless Drama who recorded the strongest sectionals for the entire meeting as he swooped from near last, and Endless Drama also franked the form by finishing 3rd in the Stradbroke. 

Snitch now drops from 58kg to 54kg on Saturday, and his two efforts at Ipswich resulted in a 2nd placing and a win where he settled three pairs back on the inside, hugged the rail and charged to victory in the straight. 

With fitness on his side, and the light weight to match, I can see Snitch landing in a similar position as he jumps from the inside gate with Glen Boss aboard. 

With a touch of luck in the straight, he has the figures to suggest he’ll finish best and score from Natch, Man Booker and Gaulois who can fight it out for the minor placings. 


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Eye Liner Stakes Tips - Gollan to claim Ipswich sprint feature

Trainer Tony Gollan saddles up four runners in Saturday’s Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) at Ipswich and looks poised to claim the $175,000 feature.

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