Ipswich Preview & Best Bets – Thursday February 16

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Ipswich Tips 16/02/2023

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



Race 2:  No.3  DIANA’S AFFAIR  ($3 with TAB)

The Kelly Schweida-trained DIANA’S AFFAIR is three starts into this campaign and looks ready to win again. Last start, the Merchant Navy gelding stepped-up to the mile trip which turned out to be a few strides too many for him as he finished fifth in a Three-Year-Old Hcp at the Sunshine Coast. He still managed to run his last 600m, 1.6 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here. He drops back to the 1350m today with James Orman (who rode him to his maiden win) returning for the ride. Fitter for those three runs back and nicely drawn in gate three today, she looks the testing material for this contest.



Race 6:  No.6  ABU SIMBEL  ($3.90 with TAB)

The former Peter Moody-trained ABU SIMBEL steps out for his first run under Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke today and dropping in grade here, looks a genuine winning chance in this company. Last start, the I Am Invincible mare came off her maiden win at Werribee when she faced-up to a handy BM64 field over the mile at Sandown. She finished 4.5 lengths from the winner that day, with jockey Jamie Kah stating “the horse never travelled”. No abnormalities were found post-race. She still covered the trip, 2.5 lengths quicker than benchmark, setting a new personal best and the best in this line-up by 6 lengths. Dropping back to the 1200m today, James Orman is booked for the ride and with a trouble-free run here, she looks a prime contender for the major prize.



Race 4:  No.4  MAGNITUDO  ($5 with Ladbrokes)

Lindsay Gough saddles-up MAGNITUDO here who has racked-up three podium finishes so far this preparation and looks poised to break the chain with a fourth career win today. Last start, the Denman gelding took on a strong field in a BM70 Hcp where he beat all but one home in the 1200m contest at Doomben. Beaten just a neck on the line, he ran the trip out, half a length slower than benchmark, the best in this field. Michael Murphy sticks with him today on a track where he is a two-time winner and after four runs back, he should be at his peak here and ready to claim another first prize.