Daily Racing Tips – Monday, May 2

Ipswich: Race 3 (1:57pm)
No. 4 Armalite

Armalite returned a pleasing effort on debut at Eagle Farm, and he can break his maiden at Ipswich today.

The Annabel Neasham-trained colt had a couple of trials prior to his first race start, and he ran on well to fill the minors over 1400m last month.

He’ll enjoy plenty of improvement for that experience, and this looks a great opportunity for him to strike.

Ipswich: Race 4 (2:34pm)
No. 4 Derbari

Derbari will have his first start for Helen Page at Ipswich this afternoon, and I think he’ll take plenty of beating.

The former Joe Pride-trained galloper hasn’t won for some time, but he has been competitive in tougher races than this one south of the order recently, and was last seen filling the minors behind Devil’s Throat at Hawkesbury.

He’s a month between starts, but has plenty of residual fitness, and he does boast a class edge over a lot of these rivals.

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Ipswich: Race 5 (3:12pm)
No. 10 Loca

Loca will enjoy plenty of improvement into his second campaign start at Ipswich today, and he looks to be a genuine winning chance, at a lovely price.

The Zoustar gelding mixed his form while under the care of Bjorn Baker last year, but he’s been pretty competitive since transferring north to Michael Costa’s yard.

He hit the line well, though also well beaten at the Gold Coast when resuming this time, and I think he can fight out the finish of this – we can have an each-way play at the price.

Ipswich: Race 6 (3:47pm)
No. 8 Castile

Castile hasn’t been seen at the races since November, but I think that this looks a great launchpad for him.

The Lonhro colt has made just four appearances at the races, breaking his maiden at Sale on debut, and resuming in October to finish third over 1100m at Geelong.

This will be his first start for the Gollan stable, and a recent Deagon trial suggested that he is ready to go.