By Glenn Davis
Ipswich has been a happy hunting ground for trainer Matt Dunn and he’s hoping to ride his good fortune again on Friday.
Dunn has a winning strike rate at Ipswich in excess of 10 per cent with 12 winners from 117 starters so far this season.
He has four runners in three races engaged on the seven-event card and is hopeful of least bookending the meeting.
He starts the day in the opening race with Sepoy’s Choice in the Teamcupcakes Class One Handicap (1690m) and ends with Ready For Danger in the Sirromet Class Four Handicap (1100m).
He also has two runners, Moshee Lass and Chloe Elien, as acceptors midway through the meeting in the Tridarn Electrical Maiden Plate (1200m).
Sepoy’s Choice is coming off a last start second over 1610 metres at Grafton on February 8 which was a step-up in distance following his Maiden win over 1300 metres at Ballina on January 19.
“He raced okay last time but he got caught a little deep,” Dunn said.
“This is a suitable race and he should be hard to beat.”
Dunn also is confident with Ready For Danger who is resuming after finishing fourth in a Highway Handicap (1800m) at Randwick in late October.
The four-year-old previously was successful over 1530 metres on his home track at Murwillumbah on October 10.
“He ran second in a barrier trial and went well but he’s also in town on Saturday but I think he’ll run at Ipswich,” Dunn said.
“It might be a bit short but he should go close. I want to take him to Grafton next month for a qualifying race for the Country Championships at Randwick.”
Dunn is reluctant to separate his pair in the Maiden Plate but expects both Moshee Lass and Chloe Elien to run well.
“Moshee Lass came from Melbourne and had her first run for me when she ran eighth at Grafton a few weeks ago,” Dunn said.
“Her run wasn’t that bad and she’s only just learned how to race on her right leg,” he said.
“Chloe Elien had her first run at the Gold Coast and got back and had to circle the field which is hard to do.”
Racing Queensland webnews February 22