Brisbane Racing Tips - Ipswich CupBrisbane Racing Tips this Saturday

The Brisbane Racing Tips Winter Racing Carnival 2019 heads to Ipswich for the Ipswich Cup and the second last day of the Carnival. Our Expert Brisbane Racing tips come from analyst Blaazing Ben Perkins and the running of the Ipswich Cup will be the feature of our tips and form sheet.

With 25 years experience in studying and doing form for Brisbane Racing tips there is no better man in Australia to provide Expert Brisbane Racing tips. The Ipswich Cup is the major feature race but we also have the running of the Gai Waterhouse Classic and the Eyeliner Stakes both over 1350m.


The Ipswich Cup is a handicap run over 2150 metres at listed level. It is contested on the only day Ipswich host a feature race day over the Brisbane Racing Tips Winter Carnival.

Ipswich Cup day is a real racing social gathering attracting over 20,000 racegoers each year who converge on the quaint racetrack 40 mins from Brisbane. The race was first run in 1950 and elevated to listed level in 1980. It was quickly elevated to Group 3 status in 1986 which it held for 20 years before being relegated back to Listed status in 2006. This race generally attracts the horses whom are behind the Group level performers. Horses that win this race have been running solidly but beaten 2-3 lengths in the harder Group 1 and 2 races during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.


The Eyeliner Stakes is the feature sprint race run at Listed level on the Ipswich Cup meeting over 1350 metres. The Eyeliner Stakes was introduced in 1970 and was a sprint over 1200m. It remained for 36 years at that range until the distance was lifted to 1350 metres in 2006 to allow the race to fit in better with the Brisbane Racing Tips Winter Carnival. The race is named after the outstanding Queensland filly Eyeliner. Eyeliner won 12 of her first 13 races as a youngster including 9 in a row including the Champagne Stakes in Sydney.


The Gai Waterhouse Classic is a Listed race run for Fillies and Mares run on Ipswich Cup Day over the 1350 metres. This race is weighted in a different manner with a minimum of 54KG and maximum top weight of 61.5kg . The race generally attracts the fillies and mares that have been contesting the Listed and Group 3 lead ups over the Brisbane Racing Tips Winter Carnival ranging from 1200-1350m at their previous starts. It is a nice way for the fillies who are a couple of lengths below the top line to get some black type over the winter carnival.

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The Cummings legacy continues last Saturday…James this time!

It was a stunning win as race favourite Trekking stormed to the lead in the Brisbane Racing Tips Stradbroke Handicap. It gave James Cummings his maiden Stradbroke victory. His name is added to the honour roll that his famous grandfather Bart had won 4 times. James has had a stunning run whilst being at the helm of the all powerful Godolphin stable. He is beginning to handle himself with a bit more humility after being a little arrogant in the early stages of his success.

Post race he paid tribute to “The University” he got to sit through. He watched and learned the secrets of the great Bart Cummings and his famous dad Anthony Cummings who also trained a group 1 winner on the same day (Prince Fawaz).

James has become somewhat of a master at planning for “grand final” days. He identified the Stradbroke for this horse early in the Sydney Racing Tips Autumn Carnival. He ran him at the track in the Kingsford Smith at WFA level to give him a look at the track and after a searching gallop on Tuesday he was hard fit and massively suited back to handicap conditions. Cummings will no doubt target the WFA and Handicap sprints over the Melbourne Racing Tips Spring Carnival after pulling a record time in the Stradbroke.

A Quickie “Mr” in the Brisbane Cup

It was a huge betting move ($5-$2.80) and Mr Quickie duly saluted in the Brisbane Racing Tips Queensland Derby. He did have to survive a protest to keep the Group 1. The result was the Philip Stokes trained runner kept the race. Mr Quickie had been like the Leyland brothers travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide, back to Melbourne then up top Brisbane. He showed a real maturity to handle that travel load and still perform. He was desperately unlucky in the South Australian Derby after being terribly away. He was a mile back and unleashed brilliant sectionals in the run home. Mr Quickie showed a nice turn of foot and was strong to the line, on the back ogf that win he charged into equal 2nd favourite for the Melbourne Racing Tips Caulfield Cup.

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