Ipswich Preview & Best Bets – Thursday March 23
Ipswich Tips 23/03/2023
Our form expert provides Ipswich tips for today’s horse racing at Ipswich Racecourse and gives his best bets.
BEST BET 🏆
Race 5: No.4 GALIFIANAKIS ($2.45 with Palmerbet)
Sunshine Coast galloper GALIFIANAKIS is in great touch this time in and looks a solid chance at the hat-trick today. Last start, the Irish-sired gelding remained unbeaten on the Gold Coast synthetic track when he clobbered his rivals in a Class 2 Plate over 1900m. Although slowly away, he made up for that in the run home when he crossed the line 4.5 lengths ahead of them that day, recording the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals as well. He finished second here in a Maiden, three starts back with Ben Thompson on board who returns here for his second ride on the five-year-old. He is yet to win on the grass but will be rock-hard fit after four starts this campaign and he is in winning form at the moment. Drawn to do no early work from gate four, he should enjoy a nice run (with cover) in the small field today and looks the one they have to beat here.
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Race 2: No.5 EASIER SAID ($3.90 with Ladbrokes)
Eagle Farm-based galloper EASIER SAID sees the Ipswich track for the first time today and now four-starts into this campaign, should be ready to win. Last start, the All Too Hard mare boxed-on well to finish just behind the placegetters in a BM58 over the mile at the Sunshine Coast. She ran her last 600m, 1 length quicker than benchmark, the best last-start effort here. Ben Thompson returns for the ride today after steering the mare into second place at Doomben two starts back. Her four starts at the mile have resulted in a win and three runner-up finishes so the distance is turning out to be a favoured trip for the five-year-old. She draws to do no early work from gate two and looks a genuine threat to victory here today.
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Race 7: No.7 BECAUSE THE NIGHT ($5.50 with TAB)
The Paul Nolan Jnr-trained BECAUSE THE NIGHT has hit his straps in recent racing and looks well placed here to go on with it today. Last start, the Spirit of Boom gelding made two wins from his past three starts when he took out a BM58 Hcp over 800m at Warwick. Winning by 1.5 lengths on the line, he ran his last 600m, 3.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this line-up by more than 7 lengths. He also posted the fastest final 600m and 200m sectionals for the contest. Premiership leading rider, James Orman, is in the saddle for the first time today and from gate five, maps to settle the four-year-old better than mid-field. At his peak after five starts this time in, he has placed twice from two previous runs at the track and looks set to make it third time lucky today.