Hot tips for the Cup: Strategy important in finding a winner
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EXPERIENCED Ipswich Cup goer Brian North has two simple tips for those wanting to enjoy some betting fun at today's meeting.
Avoid the top weight in the Ipswich Cup (Banca Mo) and consider the number one listed horse (Smokin' Joey) in the Eye Liner.
North, the Ipswich Turf Club vice-chairman, said history showed no horse other than Sharply had carried more than 56.5kg to win the Cup.
"Top weights just don't win the cup,'' said North, who has been to 46 Ipswich Cup meetings in a row.
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"It is a very tough race, the 2150m can be a bit of a slog.
"If you're up there in the weights, it's hard.''
Sharply won in 1961, with a 9.3 stone jockey at the time.
Since then, top weights have missed out.
Conversely though, top weights have fared much better in the Eye Liner Stakes over the shorter 1350m journey.
"The last two Eye Liner winners have carried 59.5kg,'' he said.
They were Alma's Fury and Conservatorium.
However, every now and again, a horse defies history.
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Last year's Ipswich Cup was won after a frontrunning effort by Brave Ali, with Tegan Harrison on board.
"In the old days, frontrunners seemed to have a better record,'' North said.
But since the track cambering was redone, it has helped backmarkers who can run on.
For those wanting to spend a few dollars betting today, North recommended a $3 trifecta. He suggests putting a couple of more fancied runners in with an outsider (horse not expected to feature as much).
"Avoid the top weights and have a look down the bottom,'' he said. "Box up three or four and hopefully put a couple of roughies in there. A lot of roughies have won over the years.''
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