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Ipswich Cup Tips and Preview - Weir runner has the class edge

Aaron Hamilton in Latest News 13 Jun 2018
  • Tradesman a clear standout and deserving favourite.
  • Miss Dubois represents great Place value. 

Victoria’s leading trainer, Darren Weir, looks set to feature in Saturday’s Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) with the in-form Tradesman representing the stable. 

Formerly trained in Perth by Robert Harvey, the six-year-old son of Trade Fair was sent to Weir and tackled the Echuca Cup (1400m) first-up where he worked home strongly to be beaten less than a length. 

He was caught wide without cover at his next start at Morphettville over 1600m but battled gamely to finish 4th before scoring an impressive three-length victory at Warrnambool over 1700m.

Weir well and truly raised the bar next start sending Tradesman to the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m), but he weakened badly with the other pace-setters to finish 10 lengths from Comin’ Through. 

Following his Warrnambool win, Weir said he would head to the Doomben Cup, but he did have some reservations on how the horse would perform and suggested he may be more of an Ipswich Cup horse.

So, with a much-improved effort in the PJ O’Shea Stakes (2200m) where Tradesman finished 2nd to Egg Tart, he now lines up in the Ipswich Cup – which based on Weir’s comments we could assume is his main target race.

After jumping cleanly last start and vying for the lead, Tradesman started to overrace when jockey Dean Yendall asked him to come back and conserve some energy. 

While he was given every chance last time, he couldn’t afford a gut-buster with the Ipswich Cup on the agenda, and Yendall certainly left a bit in the tank for his upcoming assignment. 

Races held over 2150m at Ipswich seem to favour on-pace runners, so I’d expect to see Tradesman given a bit more rein early where he can sit on the pace and try and outkick them in the straight. 

His only sixth-up run in his career resulted in a 3rd placing in the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m), so with five runs under his belt this time, he’s right at the top of his game and will prove extremely hard to beat in the $175,000 feature. 

The Matthew Dunn-trained Miss Dubois strikes me as the one with more upside and genuine class, and she can be added to multiples along with Ecuador and Smart As You Think. 



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Ipswich Cup Tips and Preview - Weir runner has the class edge

Victoria’s leading trainer, Darren Weir, looks set to feature in Saturday’s Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) with the in-form Tradesman representing the stable.

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