Ipswich Preview & Best Bets – 17/11/2023
Ipswich Tips for Friday, November 17
Our form expert provides Ipswich tips for today’s horse racing at Ipswich Racecourse and gives his best bets.
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Race 7: No.4 LAST CHANCE SALOON ($3 with Bet Right)
We’re down to eight runners here after a bagful of early scratchings, making the job of winning that much easier for LAST CHANCE SALOON to get the job done on fresh legs today. The lightly-raced son of Maurice had just three starts last preparation but finished top-two in all three. He has trialled since then which will top him off for a first-up showing as do most Vandyke stable runners seem to manage. The tongue tie goes on today as Ryan Maloney returns to take charge here, having already steered the four-year-old to his maiden win three starts back. A trouble-free run here should see him lay down the gauntlet and be there at the finish.
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Race 4: No.5 WHY WE DRINK ($3.75 with BoomBet)
The Jan Pritchard-trained WHY WE DRINK hasn’t quite set the world on fire this time in but now three starts back from almost six months off the scene, and stepping-up to a more suitable distance today, he can give this contest a real shake. Last start, the Spill The Beans gelding put in his best effort this preparation when he finished fifth in a BM70 over 1300m at Eagle Farm. He found the trip still too short but did well to finish less than three lengths from the winner. He returns to a track where he excels, boasting two wins and a runner-up finish from five starts to date, Martin Harley shows some faith here as he sticks with him for the assignment. He maps to settle back in the field from gate six but rock-hard fit from those three runs, he should be finishing strongly here.
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Race 9: No.2 BULLION BOY ($4 with Ladbrokes)
Lindsay Gough saddles-up BULLION BOY here who is fourth-up and ready to fire. Last start, the Dream Ahead gelding showed plenty of improvement when he arrived in time to grab third prize in a BM65 over 1350m at Doomben. Fitter for those four runs back, he returns to Ipswich where his resume shows three previous starts here saw him win two of those appearances as Michael Murphy sticks with him today. Murphy also boasts a strong record with the six-year-old, having finished on the podium with him on three occasions from four rides to date. He should fins this a lot easier than his last start clash with city class gallopers. He gets the gun-run from gate one today and should prove hard to best from there.