Ipswich Preview & Best Bets – Friday March 31

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Ipswich Tips 31/03/2023

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



Race 8:  No.10  ELLIEZ STAR  ($2.90 with Ladbrokes)

The Lee Freedman-trained ELLIEZ STAR has just one career win to her name after nine starts but looks well placed here to bring up number two today. Last start, the Starspangledbanner filly had her second start on this track and did well to take home second prize in a Class 1 Hcp over 1200m. From gate 11 (of 12), Mark Du Plessis settled her worse than mid-field to the turn. Never a winning chance, she still hit the line strongly, making up a ton of ground, beaten just over a length on the line. She has been fairly consistent this time in and today she finally draws a gate, getting the gun-run from gate one here. Du Plessis sticks with her and with the ace draw and fitness on her side, she looks the testing material today.



Race 2:  No.5  CRISTALINO  ($3 with BlueBet)

The Kris Lees-trained CRISTALINO has been in good touch this preparation and this contest looks right up her alley today. Last start, the Tarzino mare sat last to the turn before being asked for an effort by Andrew Mallyon. She took a while to warm up but eventually found herself in a four-horse battle and one stride before the line, she was actually in front, but was nosed out on the post. A little stiff missing the major prize that day, she still recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race. This looks no harder as she is joined by Michael Cahill for this assignment. With a trouble-free run today, she can go one better here.



Race 6:  No.7  LITTLE MISS PIXIE  ($13 with TAB

The Team Sears-trained LITTLE MISS PIXIE is second-up today and has done enough to warrant some thought in this contest. Last start, the Spill The Beans mare resumed off a lengthy six-month absence where she turned plenty of heads on her way to taking out a BM62 Hcp over 1210m at Toowoomba. In blinding rain, she settled last on the fence (after drawing gate 10 of 10) and remained there until straightening where Georgina Cartwright asked her for an effort. Weaving through traffic, she found clean air and swamped them to grab victory on the line. The five-year-old ran her last 600m, 9.2 lengths quicker than benchmark, more than 3 lengths better than this field. She also recorded the fastest final 800m to 200m sectionals for the race That was a notable achievement after six months in the paddock. Placed twice in three starts here, Michael Cahill has the reins today and a repeat of that last effort could make a mockery of the double-figure odds currently on offer. She is up against the boys today but is still well worth an each-way ticket here.