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1880s

1880s

1885 – A meeting held at the Palais Royal Hotel in June 1885 was for anyone interested in re-establishing horse racing in Ipswich.

Chairman the Hon George Thorn said there was strong opposition by Ipswich people to a racecourse being at Bundamba. Mr A W Darvell, one of the promoters of the meeting said “it was the meetings object to obtain for the people of Ipswich a course, though they did not desire to force races upon them, still their children might wish to do so in rational sport, if their fathers did not”.
The reserve at Bundamba had been granted and vested in Messrs R J Smith, W. Kellett and EA Bullmore as trustees.

1886 – Easter Monday, Ipswich Amateur Turf Club.

About £230 passed through the totalisator on the five races decided during the afternoon, and attendance was estimated at something under 500. The racing was good, but the weather was dull, and drizzling rain fell at intervals. The club, I understand, made a fair profit. Newspaper clipping, preserved by Dorothy Perrett.

1888 – By April 12, 1888 the Ipswich Turf Club held a race meeting at the Bundamba Racecourse. Prize money was 475 sovereigns and the races were the Trial Stakes, Selling Race, Ipswich Turf Club handicap, Visitors Plate, Bundamba Purse and the Farewell Handicap.

1888 – An article in The Queensland on Saturday, 29 December 1888.

Wednesday was a public holiday had a material effect upon the attendance at the Ipswich Turf Club’s races at Bundamba. There were 2000 persons present, and as the weather was fine and cool the visitors to the racecourse had a most enjoyable day’s outing. The racing, although confined to small fields throughout, was interesting, and in some cases exciting, as there were several very close finishes between the first and second horses, and considerable amounts of money were invested on the results of the various events. The totalisator was exceptionally well patronised, no less than £1920 being passed through the machine during the day. Contrary to the experiences of Saturday last the results were as a rule disastrous to backer., as only two favourites succeeded in justifying the public confidence, but as the fields were so small all the starters were more or less supported on the totalisator. The largest dividend paid was £7 18s. on the winner of the Farewell Handicap.