Ipswich Preview & Best Bets – Wednesday October 12

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Ipswich Tips 12/10/2022

Our form expert provides Ipswich tips for today’s horse racing at Ipswich Racecourse and gives his best bets.



Race 7:  No.1  ZOUKINA  ($4.60 with Unibet)

The Stephen Lee-trained ZOUKINA makes the 200klm trip north to contest this event today and now three starts into this preparation, looks nicely placed to bring up career-win number four. Last start, the Zoustar mare showed a ton of improvement when third-up, she took home third prize in a Class 3 Plate over 1350m at Doomben. Beaten less than a length that day, she zoomed over the final 600m, running it out, 7.9 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up by more than 5 lengths. She also recorded the fastest final 800m, 400m and 200m sectionals for the race. Kyle Wilson-Taylor returns for his second time in the saddle with the six-year-old, after steering her to victory at his only previous time aboard. She gets the gun-run from gate one here and coming off city-class racing today, she looks the testing material.



RAce 5:  No.7  IF YOU CAN DREAM  ($3.70 with Palmerbet)

The Tony Gollan-trained IF YOU CAN DREAM is three starts back now and should be ready to fire. Last start, the well-bred So You Think mare didn’t have things her way when finishing mid-field in a Class 3 Hcp over 1350m at the Gold Coast. Despite blowing the start and never really in the contest, she still ran her last 600m, 3.1 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here. Returning to the country scene today, she has Jim Byrne returning for the ride here and drawn much better in gate three, she maps to settle better than mid-field with cover. She is a two-time winner over the mile so the step up in distance here should suit. At her peak after three runs back, she should be there at the finish.



Race 9:  No.1  GROOVIN’ THE MOO  ($16 with Palmerbet)

Local galloper GROOVIN’ THE MOO has returned in great touch and this looks an ideal assignment for him today. Last start, the Whittington gelding was unwanted in the betting ($15) when he proved too good for them in a 1050m Maiden at Doomben. He ran it out, 1 length quicker than benchmark, the best in this field by more than 4 lengths. Angela Jones steered him to victory that day and remains in the saddle for this contest. He gets all the favours from gate one and returning to country class racing today, sure looks in the mix here and is (currently) great value at double-figures.