A COUPLE of memorial races were staged at the latest Ipswich meeting when it was back to racing after a fortnight off.
These races last Thursday included former Ipswich trainer Kevin Keidge and former member of 53 years, honorary club doctor and committeeman of 30 years, Dr Mervyn Fish.
It was the Waller stable’s seventh win at Ipswich this season after kicking off a Gold Coast satellite stable in August.
The family of the late Dr Fish were in attendance on Thursday and it was a timely visit for the family just a couple of months prior to the opening of the Ipswich Racing Museum.
Gloria Fish was present on Thursday.
She is the daughter of former committeeman Gerald Nolan who was the ITC committeeman behind bringing the great TJ Smith’s galloper Tulloch to Bundamba in 1960, and then again the following year for exhibition gallops on Ipswich Cup Days of those years.
Gerald’s father James was one of the original Trustees of the Bundamba Racecourse Reserve at the Bundamba Racetrack back in the 1890s giving the family a huge history involvement with the Ipswich Turf Club.
JOCKEY Micheal Hellyer claimed a rare double at the Ipswich races last week.
Hellyer was successful aboard Brian Smith’s Le Mattan in the fifth race of the day. He followed that up with a win in the last race on David Vandyke’s Kylie’s Fame.
The double gave Hellyer eight season wins at Ipswich, which is a long way off leader Jeff Lloyd who has a tally of 22 to date.
Robbie Fradd is in second place after collecting his 20th win with It’s Choix Time last Thursday.
Jim Byrne moved to 18 wins, in third place, with a victory aboard Wicked Queen for Bryan and Daniel Guy of the Gold Coast.
Strong Ipswich Cup interest
THE famous and historic Ipswich Cup meeting is still a little under three months away, however it appears that interest is as strong as ever.
Fifteen new marquees have been booked already for Ipswich’s social event of the year as community, social and corporate organisations have commenced their plans for the best possible vantage spot.
It has been confirmed that there will be nine quality races along with exciting off-track entertainment options for all.
Group one excitement
IT was the biggest day of the year for Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney on Super Saturday with five Group one races being contested.
Winners were super mare and now Group 1 world record holder Winx in the George Ryder Stakes, the world’s richest two year old race the Golden Slipper went to Estijaab, the Ranvet Stakes went to Gailo Chop, the Rosehill Guineas to D’argento, and the Galaxy to In Her Time.
On Friday night at Moonee Valley the final Victorian Group 1 race of the season was decided as Hellbent won the William Reid Stakes.
This weekend Rosehill hosts the BMW and the Storm Queen Stakes as the Australian Easter Group 1 races.
Racing at Ipswich this week is on Wednesday to complete the March program. The next three scheduled meetings are Wednesdays April 4 and 18 and Friday, April 13.
There are then six May meetings commencing with the weekend double of Legs and Eddies Day and Labour Day public holiday on May 5 and 7 respectively.