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Qld record achieved in Ipswich

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Qld record achieved in Ipswich

FORMER globetrotting and South African jockey Jeff Lloyd claimed a major milestone in Ipswich. On a day when officials were scrambling to find the last 11 race card on a bumper Wednesday at Bundamba, Ipswich was in the racing headlines across the country as the host of a Queensland record-breaking day for Lloyd. Lloyd collected a winning treble. With the third of those wins, he claimed a Queensland record for the most winners in a season for a jockey, with still two months of the season remaining. Lloyd overtook the mark set by Chris Munce...

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Why ‘delicate’ decision was made to abandon Ipswich meeting

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Why ‘delicate’ decision was made to abandon Ipswich meeting

IT was difficult for many punters to understand that the Ipswich races were abandoned on Friday after just 11 millimetres of rain up until 6am that morning. However, that was the decision taken by the Chairman of Stewards for the day, Chris Albrecht, of the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC). In Albrecht’s opinion, the state of the track would not have allowed any more than one race on the day, and that first race would have only been run if there was no more rain up to that point. The part of the track that would have been...

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Steamin to success in Ipswich

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Steamin to success in Ipswich

FORMER Ipswich premier trainers enjoyed a trifecta of wins as the Queensland Winter Carnival moves into top gear. Among the winning trainers at Ipswich’s Wednesday meeting was Matt Dunn from Murwillumbah. He’s the only interstate trainer to win an Ipswich Premiership. Dunn’s winner was Steamin’ with Ronnie Stewart aboard. The five-year-old had not won since 2015 and had failed to place for a year. Previously trained by Marc Conners at Warwick Farm, Steamin’ transferred to Dunn a few months ago. Despite missing a...

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Strong show of racing support

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Strong show of racing support

SATURDAY’S racing at Bundamba completed a big week for the Ipswich Turf Club following the successful Labour Day meeting last Monday. A total of 5500 people made their way through the Ipswich Turf Club gates in a strong show of support for the historic race club. As well as the foot racers coming from all around South East Queensland for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation Legs day, win- ning trainers came from around the south east corner. Eagle Farm and Sunshine Coast trainers shared the honours with three winners each. Toowoomba and Gold...

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Ipswich defies holiday trend

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Ipswich defies holiday trend

WHILE most provincial and metropolitan racetracks are doing all they can to cease with public holiday meetings, Labour Day at Ipswich continues to be a shining example of community involvement. The generosity of the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division, combined with a bumper race card on the public holiday today, again ensured that thousands enjoyed themselves trackside. It was hard not to enjoy as superb autumn weather combined with great racing and free entertainment for the family creating a relaxing and colourful day for all. The large...

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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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