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The return of the Punters Guide has been getting results right off the bat, and, we are back again with another edition for the Ipswich race meet. Let’s not hold you back any longer – dive straight into the punters guide!

Race 1 – United Sports Club Maiden Handicap 2150m

La Firebird has been close at this distance previously, and, last outing can be forgiven when placed in a race against much better thoroughbreds. Making a significant drop in class today and will have every chance. The wide barrier is a concern is Plessis can’t get over, but,t he horse has a lot of natural ability here and the trainers have made the right choice with this race. Clear Sailing is a definite threat here, placed at this trip and needed much more in the last race as it wasn’t the distance it needs to truly fire – gets that here today and will be competitive with Lloyd in the saddle. Western Order is the value runner in the race here today, McGillivray knows how to win on horses over double digits, and, this horse really needs the step up in distance, and should only be racing over the ten furlong mark, gets that chance here today and a win wouldn’t surprise.

Top Pick – La Firebird
Next Best – Clear Sailing
Longshot – Western Order

TOP PICK

Race 2 – Wiseman Accountants Class 4 1666m

Prolific Belle is the pick of the bunch in this uninspiring race. Has shown good form over the distance previously, gets Ipswich striker Jeff lloyd in the saddle and is better for it. Expect a bold run. Red Colour is the next best here, dropping in class sharply and will look to be on the pace here, if Stewart can take Red Colour to the front and dictate the pace – will come very close. Value runner here is Legendary Luke. Last race ran on strongly for a big finish in second over a similar distance and class, could come close again here.

Top Pick – Prolific Belle
Next Best – Red Colour
Longshot – Legendary Luke

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Race 3 – Nichols Finance CG&E Maiden Plate 1350m

Zafox is the pick of the day here. Ran impressively last up over the same distance, and, strips fitter for it here. Shown a good turn of foot and is in a field of maidens that isn’t oozing with speed. Best of the day at Ipswich. If there is a horse to upset Zafox, it will be Animal Instinct. Drawn well and finished closed previously with two second placings. Ready to strike and, if Zafox gets some bad luck, Animal Instinct will be there to capitalise. Longshot value here is on Dakota Sun, has finished strongly in the past, but, yet to hit a minor – today could be the day.

Top Pick – Zafox
Next Best – Animal Instinct
Longshot – Dakota Sun

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Race 4 – Barb Wellings F&M Maiden Plate 1350m

Moonmo has been knocking on the door in its last four starts and has come so close to holding on to the win multiple times now. Is in a good spot here, as the short priced favourite has yet to show that it deserves its current price tag. This one presents as a two horse race between Moonmo and My Delilah, with Moonmo having the edge, coming close in races against far more talented horses. My Delilah has to be the next best here, despite its undeserved pricetag. Finished a respectable second last start, but, before that, ran an ugly fourth against a field of today’s quality. If it rehashes the effort from two back, will not reach a minor – ready to show something today. Mystic Eyes is the best of the rest here. Hit the minors last two starts and, is ready to peak here, has a good turn of foot and late pace could surprise the field here.

Top Pick – Moonmo
Next Best – My Delilah
Longshot – Mystic Eyes

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Race 5 – Crimestoppers Raceday Class 3 1200m

This race is another case of the favourite not showing that it deserves its price tag. The form of Jet Cracker leading into this race has been far better than short priced Cool Mover. Jet Cracker under the guidance of Jimmy Orman will be right there at the end of this one, will do well to not get blocked coming from the squeeze gate though. Jet Cracker will look to roll forward early, and, if it can stay with the favourite – has a better turn of foot, and can get this one. Can’t leave out Cool Mover here, as it is a good enough horse to beat this field, it just needs to show better than the last two starts. Definite threat. Falkirk Drive is the value runner here in this one. Coming on the back of some solid runs over distance, retaining the same jockey from those efforts. Can go close here.

Top Pick – Jet Cracker
Next Best – Cool Mover
Longshot – Falkirk Drive

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Race 6 – Ipswich LIAG/Club Services 0-60 1200m

Manila Miss from the Doyle stables, is a definite danger here. Dropping sharply in class and a winner over this trip and class previously, has to be respected. Plessis has the ride, and this is one of his top hopes on the day. Manila Miss has shown a good turn of foot and has come close first up before. Expect a bold showing. Scotchview has drawn awkwardly here, but, off last start, is one of the top chances in this race. Rebekah Williams was the winning jockey on debut with Scotchview, and, producing a similar ride to this effort will put Scotchview right there at the end. One to watch. This is the type of race that Cahill would appear in, and his ride, The Hussler will have every chance. Drawn wide, but, the duo struck last time out as odds on favourites, and, despite not being respected in betting, will be one of the late swoopers in this one. If Cahill times it right – The Hussler could steal this one.

Top Pick – Manila Miss
Next Best – Scotchview
Longshot – The Hussler

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Race 7 – Riverlink Shopping Centre Class 2 1350m

Desert Rush will look to live up to its name by pushing forward to get near the lead, where it will most likely be joined by favourite, Ruler’s Pride. Jeff Lloyd will give Desert Rush every chance here, Desert Rush won impressively last start, digging deep to beat the rest of the field by almost a length. If Lloyd can produce anything similar to last effort it will have every chance of winning in this one. Ruler’s Pride has to be the next best here, it has earned that, may be a false favourite as it stands, but,. is sitting there because of the clear lack of talent and any direct threat in this one. Dropping in class here, and, Thornton will need to replicate a similar ride to last outing when finishing a respectable fourth against better horses. NOble Billy steps up in grade and cops a bad barrier, but, is a definite chance here today at wide odds. Won from a wide barrier last start against a mixed field as today. Plumb, who has a good strike rate at the Ipswich track – will be looking to replicate Noble Billy’s last up winning effort here in a winnable race.

Top Pick – Desert Rush
Next Best – Ruler’s Pride
Longshot – Noble Billy

TOP PICK

QUADDIE FOR THE MEET
Race 4 – 5/6/7
Race 5 – 1/5/8
Race 6 – 1/2/11
Race 7 – 2/4/7
$50 gets 62.00% on CrownBet

Best Bet – Zafox Race 3 @ $2.10 on CrownBet
Next Best – Manila Miss Race 6 @ $3.90 on CrownBet
Longshot – Legendary Luke Race 2 @ $10.00 on CrownBet

Bet Chimps Racing Double – Zafox to win into Desert Rush to win @ $8.40/+740 on Crownbet

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***all listed odds are subject to change, as races are commenced after the writing of this article.