Berdibek will contest the Ipswich Cup. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

2022 Ipswich Cup Day Tips & Preview

Ipswich will host its biggest program of the year on Saturday and three Listed races headline the nine-race program.

The rail will be set out half a metre around the entire course and at publish, we’re faced with a track rated in the Soft (5) range.

Check out my complete 2022 Ipswich Cup Day Tips below.

Sirromet Wines Bundamba Plate (1200m) – 11:43am
No. 5 Honey Pot

Honey Pot will take plenty of improvement into her second campaign start on Ipswich Cup Day and she is ready to break her maiden.

The Spirit Of Boom filly showed ability around some quality horses during her brief debut prep, racing home well to finish third, beaten by less than a length in the Listed Bill Carter at Eagle Farm earlier this month.

This is a drop in class and I can’t find a reason why she won’t be in the finish.

Schweppes T.L. Cooney Plate (1350m) – 12:18pm
No. 5 Indiscreetly

Indiscreetly can return a winner in Race 2.

The Spill The Beans filly was nothing short of outstanding during her debut prep, winning each of her first three races, including a feature over a mile at Doomben before finishing down the order in the Magic Millions Guineas.

She’s had the benefit of a few trials in the lead-up to her return and this looks a nice launchpad.

Channel 7 Provincial Stayers Final (2500m) – 12:53pm
No. 10 Kipling's Journey

Kipling’s Journey takes winning form into the third on Ipswich Cup Day, and this looks to be another winnable race.

The Zoustar gelding has continued to improve with racing recently and jogged in to record an easy win at Doomben last time out.

This is another rise in class, but he gets into the race well under the conditions and the 2500m looks perfect.

Great Northern Ipswich Mile (1666m) – 1:28pm
No. 8 He Is

I’m going to have something on He Is in Race 4 at Ipswich this week.

He Is returned some smart performances in Sydney while under the care of Mark Kavanagh, hitting the ground running when transferring to Lee Freedman’s yard this time, winning his first two starts.

He has mixed his form in tougher company recently, but he’s rock-hard fit, the mile is ideal and he won’t be offered a better opportunity to strike on a Saturday.

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River 949FM Class 6 Handicap (1100m) – 2:03pm
No. 6 The Big Goodbye

The Big Goodbye looks to be a standout top pick in Race 5.

The Big Goodbye has returned three smart efforts since resuming this time, but he has also noticeably improved with each and he recorded a bullish win at this grade at Doomben, last time out.

He steps out this week in peak order, is drawn to receive a lovely run and he is my best bet on the program.

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Ray White Ipswich 3YO Handicap (1100m) – 2:38pm
No. 3 Miss Hipstar

I’ve been with her throughout her entire campaign and this looks to be the easiest task that she has been set, so I think we’d be foolish to jump off Miss Hipstar now!

The Star Turn filly flashed home to finish second at Listed level when resuming and she hasn’t enjoyed the best of luck in either of the Gold Coast Guineas or the Helen Coughlan Stakes since.

She strikes this race in peak order and the $12 about her at publish looks a touch of overs.

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Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) – 3:13pm
No. 4 Swords Drawn

Bartholomeu Dias has opened a warm and justifiable favourite in Ipswich Cup betting, but I am going to take him on this week with one that I thought was over the odds, Swords Drawn ($13 at publish).

The Kiwi raider returned some excellent efforts in his homeland earlier this year, winning the Listed Hawkes Bay Cup most notably, then arriving in Australia to finish midfield in the Gold Coast Cup.

He’s been freshened since that effort, looks to get ideal conditions this week and we can have an each-way play at the price.

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Listed Eye Liner Stakes (1350m) – 3:53pm
No. 6 Charleise

The Eye Liner has often been a happy hunting ground for me over the years and I think that Charleise can continue to winning run in 2022.

Charleise has been a great horse throughout her career and she has managed to pick off a couple of nice races along the way.

She resumed with only a fair effort in the Listed Straight Six at Flemington last month, but she can enjoy improvement for that hit-out and the $10 about her at publish looks a great price.

Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic (1200m) – 4:37pm
No. 5 Tahitian Dancer

Some talented mares will step out in this year’s Gai Waterhouse Classic field and there is a case to be made for several, including Tahitian Dancer.

She hinted at above-average ability during her three-year-old season for Mornington-based trainer Shane Nichols, but she really does seem to have found her best this time for Tony Gollan.

She is yet to strike in four starts back this time, but her work through the line in the Bright Shadow Quality and the Helen Coughlan Stakes was outstanding and she is ready to win this week.