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Former West Australian trained Tradesman gets his chance to  score another win for the Darren Weir stable after drawing a midfield barrier in the 2018 Listed $175,000 Channel 7 Ipswich Cup (2150m) at Ipswich on Saturday.

Ecuador, above, will carry the top weight in the 2018 Ipswich Cup at Ipswich. Photo by Steve Hart.

Ecuador, above, will carry the top weight in the 2018 Ipswich Cup at Ipswich. Photo by Steve Hart.

Tradesman has had five runs for the Weir stable for one win, three starts back, over 1700m during the Warrnambool Cup Carnival in May and was back in the minor prizemoney last start with a second to Egg Tart in the Group 2 $200,000 Bradford Access Insulation P.J. O’Shea Stakes (2200m) at the Sunshine Coast on June 2.

Dean Yendall was aboard Tradesman at the Sunshine Coast and he is certain to give the six year old every chance from barrier five in the eleven horse Ipswich Cup field.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador has drawn barrier two with Tegan Harrison taking over from Tim Clark who was aboard last start for a ninth to Hopfgarten, on a heavy track, in the Listed $100,000 The Wayne Wilson (1600m) at Doomben last Saturday.

The front running Ecuador will be right at home on the tight turning Ipswich track and will be hard to run down if let to do his own thing in front.

Chris Waller has accepted with two runners, Tumultuous and My Giuliano, in the Ipswich Cup with mixed results at the barrier draw.

My Giuliano has drawn nicely at barrier four with Michael Cahill booked to ride while Tumultuous has drawn out wide at ten for Corey Brown.

Both stayers have been out of the prizemoney of late with My Giuliano coming off a last start sixth over 1800m at the Gold Coast on May 23 while Tumultuous was a well beaten ninth in the Group 3 $125,000 Channel Seven Premier’s Cup (2200m) at Doomben on May 26.

Smart As You Think stepped up to a middle distance weight for age race for the first time last start and wasn’t disgraced to finish fourth to Egg Tart in the P.J. O’Shea Stakes and looks well placed in the Ipswich Cup.

The John McArdie trained mare has drawn barrier nine with James Orman in the saddle again.

Final field for the 2018 Ipswich Cup (2150m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 8248×22269 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tegan Harrison 2 60kg 104
2 x374x44192 TRADESMAN Darren Weir Dean Yendall 5 57kg 98
3 26513×4707 EMPHASIS Richie Stephenson Mark Du Plessis 6 54kg 92
4 351318×889 TUMULTUOUS Chris Waller Corey Brown 10 54kg 92
5 6211140×56 MY GIULIANO Chris Waller Michael Cahill 4 54kg 90
6 0014952900 ALL IN VOGUE (NZ) Barry Lockwood 8 54kg 89
7 2391631388 FIRST CRUSH Chris Munce Matthew McGillivray 7 54kg 87
8 6446911×56 SERGEANT BLAST (NZ) Brian Smith Larry Cassidy 1 54kg 85
9 5x521x8473 MISS DUBOIS (NZ) Matthew Dunn Jim Byrne 11 54kg 82
10 277×329324 SMART AS YOU THINK John McArdle James Orman 9 54kg 82
11 2053481×04 SKULDUGGERY Damien Batters Jake Bayliss 3 54kg 65

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.