Larry Cassidy guides First Crush to victory at Doomben.
Larry Cassidy guides First Crush to victory at Doomben. ALBERT PEREZ

First Crush primed for Ipswich Cup

TALENTED stayer First Crush will be chasing his biggest career victory when he steps up to his favoured trip in Saturday's $175,000 Ipswich Cup (2150m).

Despite being unsuccessful at stakes level in three previous attempts, the six-year-old has an impressive record over staying distances, having scored a win and two placings from his last three starts at 2000m and beyond.

The Husson gelding has benefited from two unplaced 1600m runs since being given a month between starts and trainer Chris Munce said First Crush, who is owned by Max Whitby and Mrs L Jones, was better suited to Saturday's Handicap conditions.

First Crush will drop 5kg from the Weight-For-Age Group 3 Lord Mayors Cup last-start to carry 54kg on Saturday.

"This horse is flying in his work and it is a very open race away from the two class runners, Ecuador and Tradesman,” Munce said.

"First Crush is much better suited in the Handicap conditions and I expect him to be very competitive on Saturday.”

Goald Coast Turf Club. Race 5 Horse No 1 Houdini The Great  ridden byGlen Colless. No 2 First Crush ridden by Ryan Wiggins . No 3 Polynikes ridden by Jarrod Woodhouse .No 4 (WINNER) Skytrek ridden by Anthony Allen (winner).  No5 Dazzel Us Again riden by Jackson Murphy.  No 6 Grey Steyne ridden By Baylee Northdruft. No 7 Canongate ridden by Boris Thornton.  No 8 My Kind ridden by Shannon Doyle.  No 9 Malmoosa ridden by Jason Taylor. No 10 Sornja ridden by Jag Guthmann-Chester.   No11 Mount Panorama ridden by Luke Rolls. No12 Harbour Springs ridden By Adam Spinks  No 13 Old habits ridden by (not Listed).No 14 Silom Road ridden by (not listed) . No 15 Lyrids ridden by Nozi Tomizawa.No 16 Tiarnan ridden by (not Listed). No 17 Mazaz ridden by (not Listed).     Picture Mike Batterham
First Crush has an impressive record over staying distances. Michael Batterham

Munce has also found a suitable race for another Whitby Bloodstock-owned runner in progressive stayer Lucky Jackson, who lines up in The Queensland Times Cup Winter Provincial Stayers (Final) (2150m).

The three-year-old was an acceptor for the Group 1 Queensland Derby last weekend but unfortunately missed a start after being balloted out of the final field.

Munce is now hoping for some consolation on Saturday as he prepares to target other feature staying races for the son of Casino Prince in the coming weeks.

Chris Munce, trainer of Son Of A Brut is seen during the Twilight Races at the Doomben Racecourse, Brisbane, Friday, December 8, 2017. (AAP Image/Albert Perez) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Chris Munce has a busy Saturday schedule. ALBERT PEREZ

"I was disappointed after he missed a run in the Queensland Derby but this is an ideal race for him,” he said.

"Ideally he will continue this preparation onto the Caloundra Cup and the Grafton Cup and I expect him to perform well on Saturday.”

Munce also has Group 3 winner Ours To Keep dropping back in grade for Saturday's $70,000 QTIS 3YO Hcp (1100m).

The three-year-old has been unplaced in two runs this preparation since a lengthy spell but was placed in a recent barrier trial at Doomben and Munce said he expected an improvement on Saturday.

Chris Munce runs onto the track to greet Ours To Keep and Damian Browne.Photo: Grant Peters, Trackside Photography
Ours To Keep has drawn well.

"Hopefully he gets the dry track he has been craving this weekend and with the allowance for Corey Bayliss (3kg claim) he gets into this race very well,” he said. 

"He has drawn well in barrier 2 and I am anticipating a forward showing from him this weekend.”

The stable also has two runners heading to the Gold Coast on Saturday with Badge of Gameness and Kosciusko Express set to start.