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Weighing In with Nathan Exelby

Well known QLD media man NATHAN EXELBY is a constant at the track in the ‘sunshine state’ and has a full wrap of last weekend’s action, plus the horses to follow and tragedies beaten.

IPSWICH CUP DAY

IPSWICH Cup day is the most attended raceday of the Queensland carnival and a beautiful day enabled the club to host another monstrous crowd.

Chris Munce had plenty of memorable days in the saddle at Ipswich and on Saturday he enjoyed one of his best days as a trainer, with SMART METEOR and CENTREFIRE providing him with a stakes double. 

Brodie Loy is making every post a winner with his move to Queensland and had his most important success yet for boss Annabel Neasham when HOLYFIELD proved too classy in the Eye Liner. 

MY TOP 3 TO FOLLOW

INDISCREETLY (R2): Found one better but was still a lovely return for a filly proven over more ground. 
GOLDSBOROUGH (R5): First up for a year and boxed on very well given the work he did in the run. 
HOLYFIELD (R8): An extra 2kg might not be enough to stop him in the Glasshouse in a couple of weeks. Living up to potential now. 

PLEASE FORGIVE ME

ORBISYN (R5) turned in a much better run second up, even though punters left it in again. He had to work early and battled on strongly given those circumstances. Ready to win again now. 

RIDE OF THE DAY

Brock Ryan, Smart Meteor (R7).

TOO often this horse has been left with too much to do in his races and it would have been easy to concede from the gate, but Ryan was able to slot across just worse than midfield while still conserving energy. Then tracked the favourite into the race at the right time. Very well executed ride. 

THE BIG WINNER

CHRIS Munce has enjoyed what could possibly be described as a breakthrough carnival as a trainer, following up last week’s G2 success with PALAISIPAN, by leading in the stakes double here. Four black type wins in the past three Saturdays speak volumes for how far the Munce team has come in recent times. 

THE BIG ‘GOES’

NOT a ‘big go’ but still a mystery in that PALLADAS jumped favourite in the Eye Liner. Bookies just keep sucking punters in with this guy. Trimmed up from double figures through the week, but was expected to get out again, yet somehow stayed solid to run $6. 

Curiously, the price stuck solid even after it became apparent the track wasn’t suiting those that prefer firmer footing. It is well established how Palladas is not at his peak on rain affected going, yet while the market saw fit to ease stablemate VINCO as a result, Palladas stayed solid. 

RACING TRIVIA

WHICH Ipswich Cup winner of the 1990s placed in a Melbourne Cup?
Answer below.

FROM THE STEWARDS’ ROOM

COCO ROX (6) – Connections advised that it is their intention to race off pace with cover. Very slow to begin and settled further back than anticipated. Held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the home straight.

JUAN DIVA (R9) – Stewards acceded to a request from co-trainer W. Freedman to scratch the mare at 3.44pm as Mr Freedman was of the view that Juan Diva would not perform to its best ability on the surface.

Get all the latest expert selections on the SKY website here.

WALKING THE TRACK

IPSWICH was being lauded for having the best surface in south east Queensland a few months back, but unfortunately for the club, the flood earlier in the year has played havoc, which has consistently seen the track race slower than expected. Clods flying early told punters it was a long way from the G4/S5 forecast. 

WHETTING THE APPETITE

EAGLE Farm hosts the final G1 race of the season this weekend, where SNAPDANCER tries to go back-to-back after winning the Sangster in Adelaide. A strong support program is sure to have punters keen to play again after some big turnover days through Stradbroke Season. 

RACING TRIVIA ANSWER

Oompala (1994).

Catch Nathan Exelby on The Playbook every Thursday night on Sky Thoroughbred Central (Ch528). Nathan also appears on Sky Thoroughbred Central’s weekday coverage, RadioTAB’s Saturday morning preview of Queensland’s feature meeting and the Brisbane Racing Club website and social media platforms.

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