From SA To Ippy In Search Of Cup Glory

The annual Ipswich Cup meeting is always a great spectacle for punters and party-goers!

An improving four-year-old from the Lloyd Kennewell stable at Morphettville in Adelaide, Baligari is a leading prospect in Saturday's Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m).

The son of Purrealist is having just his 17th start and the $112,000 winner's cheque would almost double his career earnings. However, you can't knock his consistency and form. Baligari's CV is 16: 4-3-4 for almost $163,000 in stakes, and he's coming off a close second behind Faust in the Group 3 Premier's Cup over 2020m three weeks ago. On that day, he beat home Jetset Lad, who franked the form with an upset win in a thrilling Brisbane Cup (2200m) at Group 2 level last Saturday.

Banca Mo and Darci Be Good are the class runners in the field of 13, while Chris Waller's Danchai has claims. Wayne Walters' three-year-old filly No Tricks could be the knock-out horse, particularly if she regained her old New Zealand form.

Backing up after his run in the Group 1 Stradbroke last week, Smokin' Joey is the one to beat in the Eye Liner Stakes (1350m). He is a Group 1 winner (2014 Goodwood Handicap) and four of his seven career victories have been around this distance range. However, Wez Hunter's seven-year-old has a poor strike rate - seven wins and eight placings from 51 starts. Still, his owners have banked almost $1.3m in prize money. Riva De Lago and Night Rocker are definite dangers. 

With I've Got The Looks scratched, the Gai Waterhouse Classic for fillies and mares over 1350m is a wide-open affair. After a slashing first up run, Real Surreal commands respect, while Waller's Champagne Cath should be given one last chance. Matthew Dunn's Write Cheek and Sister Emma have claims as well.


Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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