Ipswich Preview & Best Bets – Friday October 28

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Ipswich Tips 28/10/2022

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



Race 1:  No.1  SAILOR’S SECRET  ($1.75 with bet365)

In a small field (made even smaller with early scratchings), this race looks tailor-made for SAILOR’S SECRET who is our ‘anchor’ bet for the day. Last start, the Better Than Ready gelding was third-up and ready to rock and he achieved that by taking out a BM62 Hcp, here over 1350m with James Orman aboard. He ran the trip out, 2.8 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best last-start effort here by more than 6 lengths. He also posted the fastest final 800m, 600m and 400m sectionals for the race. Orman has ridden the three-year-old in six of his eight career races to date and steered him to two victories and three minor money finishes and sticks with him here. Already a two-time winner at the track and yet to miss a podium finish in four starts, surely just bad luck beats him today. Be sure to use him in your multi’s.



Race 6:  No.6  HARMONY REIGNS  ($4.40 with BlueBet)

Sunshine Coast visitor HARMONY REIGNS sees the Ipswich track for the first time today but brings a glowing resume with her and fourth-up here looks a genuine winning chance. Last start, the Iffraaj mare was fitter for two runs back when she broke through for her Maiden win over 1400m on her home track. She ran a new personal best that day, covering the trip, 5.2 lengths slower than benchmark, still the best effort in this line-up. In her run to the line, she also recorded the fastest final 400m sectional for the race. Larry Cassidy sticks with the mare today after that last-start winning ride and from an ideal draw in gate three, she will be at her peak now and at some stage look the winner.



Race 5:  No.2  EXPECTANT  ($5 with Palmerbet)

Former Victorian galloper EXPECTANT has settled-in nicely since moving north and wit runs on the board already, he looks well placed here to give this a real shake today. Last start, the American-bred gelding took on a tough field in the city where he found it just a little too rich on the day, finishing mid-field in a No Metro Win Hcp over 1200m at Eagle Farm. Although finishing mid-field, he still managed to run his last 600m, 2.1 lengths quicker than benchmark, the best in this field by more than 3 lengths. Returning to country class company today, Adin Thompson sticks with him here who also rode him to victory on this track (and distance) four starts back. At his peak after five starts this preparation, he should take beating in the small field here today.