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Ipswich home track delight

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Ipswich home track delight

IPSWICH trainer Malcolm Reynolds claimed a rare win on his home track with two-year-old gelding Our Kingsman. Outsider Our Kingsman won comfortably last Wednesday after showing promise first time out at the races two weeks ago with a fourth placing at Ipswich. Despite that good first-up run, Our Kingsman was at remarkably long odds of $101, on fixed odds with Ubet. The gelding paid a juicy $96 on the tote. Ridden by Beau Appo at his only ride for the day, Our Kingsman did it tough from barrier 11 travelling wide until finally finding the...

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Race on for track funding

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Race on for track funding

AS forecast last week in this column, weather conditions in the lead up threatened to wash out the Ipswich meeting on Thursday. That was exactly what happened. The Ipswich racetrack suffers from poor drainage these days after works of three years ago, which removed the top layer of cushioning and draining material. That work was performed by Racing Queensland to remove undulations in the track. That project was successful in removing the original problem. However a new problem of a severe lack of drainage arrived. There was previously...

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Ipswich on track watch as rain falls

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Ipswich on track watch as rain falls

GROUNDS staff at the Ipswich Turf Club will keep a close eye on the weather this week as forecast rain may disturb the meeting scheduled for Thursday. It has been well documented over the past three years how the Bundamba racing surface has struggled to cater for heavy rain coinciding with a race meeting. This is due to the almost nil drainage in areas of the track following refurbishment works by Racing Queensland in early 2014 to remove undulations, which had become noticeable after the 2011 floods, prior to worsening in the ensuing couple...

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Regan rides Ipswich legacy to the top

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Regan rides Ipswich legacy to the top

THE most talked about jockey around Australia over the weekend was Ipswich born and raised Regan Bayliss from the city’s Bayliss clan. Regan Bayliss was aboard Redkirk Warrior for the Hayes and Dabernig stable on Saturday in Australia’s greatest sprint race – the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap. As reported in yesterday’s QT and online, Regan only ever saw himself as a jockey, from a very young age. It was hard not to go down that line as his dad Jamie has for decades ridden and trained successfully with his biggest win...

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Trainer praises Ipswich track

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Trainer praises Ipswich track

GOLD Coast trainer Marcus Wilson offered some glowing praise for the Ipswich racetrack after his galloper Sugar Ray Red collected his second consecutive win at Bundamba. It seems the three-year- old gelding is becoming a track specialist having won twice and placed second from four starts in Ipswich. Sugar Ray Red made seven winless starts at other tracks although he has collected a couple of second placings elsewhere. Leading Ipswich jockey Jim Byrne collected his 27th win of the current season aboard the Gold Coast-based visitor. Wilson...

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Talented young apprentice worth watching

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Talented young apprentice worth watching

It was a day of seven individual trainers and jockeys winning at Ipswich’s latest meeting. Perhaps the most notable of those winners was jockey Sally Sweeney aboard the Rex Lipp trained Dazzling Halo. Apprentice Sweeney moved to South East Queensland a week ago from her NSW Riverina base where her master was her father Phil. It was for her father that Sally rode her first winner at her first ride two seasons ago in the Balranald Spring Cup in the Riverina. It is kept in the family as Sally’s older sister Brook continues to ride at...

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Sugar Hit gets top jockey fired up

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Sugar Hit gets top jockey fired up

IPSWICH premier jockey Jim Byrne was at it again on Friday collecting four wins – more than half the card at the Ipswich track. Byrne won the Ipswich Premiership last season with 31 winners, just managing to overtake Tegan Harrison on the last day of racing at Bundamba for that season. His four latest wins moved Byrne to 26 season successes, with almost seven months of the season completed. Amazingly, Byrne only had the four rides on Friday to give a 100% return. That highlighted the slashing form he is in. Robbie Fradd is second on the...

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Elite hoops impress in Ipswich

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Elite hoops impress in Ipswich

THREE former Queensland Jockeys of the Year combined to win more than half the card at Ipswich’s latest race meeting. Despite it being a Thursday program, the top trainers and jockeys made the trip to Ipswich. In the first race, former globetrotting jockey Michael Cahill was successful with the Peter Balzen trained Best of Pluck. The three-year-old filly has high profile connections being owned by Sydney media personalities Ray Hadley and John Singleton. There were big plans early for Best Of Pluck as she was trained by Clarry Connors...

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Ipswich track specialists to the fore

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Ipswich track specialists to the fore

FIVE-year-old mare Alkippe won the Class 1 race at Ipswich on Friday for trainer Tina Cotsiopolous and jockey Andrew Spinks for her second win at the Bundamba track. Alkippe has only won twice from 12 career starts. Both wins have been at Ipswich. After running near to last in her past two starts including a trip to Mackay, Alkippe was unwanted in the betting starting at $22 for a surprise win. Other winners on Friday are becoming Ipswich track specialists in their own right including Shudaputaringonit and Pegapus. Shudaputaringonit collected...

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Ipswich supporting racing industry

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Ipswich supporting racing industry

THERE was a break from racing at Ipswich last week however not all was quiet on the home front. Whilst a number of staff took the opportunity of a week’s break for only the second week without racing since Ipswich Cup Day 2016, the opportunity was taken for some track and facilities maintenance. This was especially the case in areas of damage caused over the past month from storms. From a racing point of view, there was a date change notified to assist the Brisbane Racing Club to get through the Queensland Winter Carnival in the best...

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