1840s

1840s

Early Racing: Ipswich Importance
Breeding Introduced (By Persse)
The Queensland Times

The high plane which racing today enjoys in Queensland is a tribute to the horse-loving pioneers of the Ipswich district. It was here that horse-breeding was initiated in the State, and it was here, apparently, that the first racing was held. To anyone interested in the early days of racing, it is a pity that records of turf happenings in that period are more or less incomplete. Apparently, however, racing commenced in these parts somewhere in the early ‘forties. There was a jockey club in Brisbane in 1846, but early writers comment on the fact that because of its position Ipswich was the more popular centre. The inference is that even before 1846: meetings were held here.

Times Past: FIRST RACES
The Queensland Times

Boxing Day, 1848, in Ipswich was a sport day – mainly horse-racing.

The first race of the day was won by James England’s horse, the prize being a silver watch. Martin Byrne’s horse, Doctor, although lame, won the second race the prize a five-guinea saddle. On that day, in one of the afternoon races, a Mr Turner, known as Scotchie the Sawyer rode his own horse but had an accident when the horse ran into a tree. “Kate” which ran at such a pace that the other riders decided that it was hopeless to try and win.

The race meeting of 1848 did not become an annual event as intended, so a meeting was held in the Queens Arms Hotel on January 19, 1850. It was decided to hold an annual meeting for the first time on Tuesday, June 11, 1850.