With Wangaratta rescheduled for Monday there are now just four meetings this Friday with Ipswich providing provincial racing plus country fixtures on the synthetic track at Ballarat and on grass at Scone and Canberra.
The Tony Gollan-trained Mahia looks sure to have his supporters having been freshened up since a down the field finish in a 1500m Restricted 58 contest on a good 3 track at Geelong back in March.
The shorter distance here shouldn’t inconvenience the five-year-old mare too much having delivered a victory over this distance at Ashburton on debut back in 2020 while she boasts a good draw four off the rail.
The race fit I’m Gunna Cashew for the Matthew Dunn stable is preferred on this occasion however having finished in the places in each of his last three starts including when runner-up in a Benchmark 58 event over 1210m on a heavy 10 track at Lismore last week.
Jockey Michael Cahill has a good record at this venue with eight wins from his 42 mounts here in the last year and his mount, who is versatile with regards to tactics is taken to deliver a second career win.
Poiema and Simply Xtravagant dominate the market ahead of the third race on the Ballarat Synthetic card, a 1200m maiden plate.
Poiema is clearly held in some regard having been asked to tackle the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview over 1000m at Caulfield on her second career start. Ultimately the Territories filly failed to make an impact following an awkward start and experiencing crowding at a crucial stage.
Back in maiden company however she fared better when showing a liking for this surface and track in finishing runner-up over 1000m here a month ago. Has drawn the rail here and looks to hold strong claims.
Simply Xtravagant showed ability when placing third over this distance on a soft 6 track at Murtoa on debut last month. Will Price’s mount is drawn next to Poiema here and is sure to have benefitted from that debut experience.
While both of the above look up to delivering big efforts course regular Tequila Spirit is selected to break her maiden at the sixth time of asking.
Runner-up at this venue on both starts this spell the daughter of All Too Hard tried to make all prior to being overhauled late on over this trip just over two weeks ago.
Jordan Childs’ mount had previously placed second in a 1000m contest at this venue and while she was noticeably weak in the market last time out she proved she can be effective at this distance and is taken to get out to make all for trainer Michael Moroney.
The Pres has been in good form since winning at Nowra in May finishing in the frame on five of his six subsequent starts with the most recent of those coming when runner-up over 1500m in a Class 2 contest on a soft 7 track at Goulburn on a week ago.
This looks a tough contest however and he is expected to find Super View too hot to handle here with Matthew Kelley’s charge having won twice already this spell.
The four-year-old delivered a length victory in a course and distance contest at this level on a heavy 8 track on 22nd July and with similar underfoot conditions forecast Nick Heywood is expected to slot in behind likely pacesetter Pink Panther here having drawn the rail.
The Super One gelding has shown a marked preference for wet tracks in the past and he looks up to registering a third win in five starts on tracks rated heavy.