The first race meeting held under the auspices of the newly formed Ipswich Jockey Club registered and protected by the Queensland Turf Club took place on the Bundamba racecourse on April 21, 1900.
1901 – one of the early 1900s greatest horses Fitzgrafton was bred by Blackland Stud in Ipswich. Fitzgrafton won a Stradbroke Handicap at two-years-old, at three-years-old he won a Queensland Derby, St Ledger, Guineas, Brisbane Cup and Sandgate Handicap. He followed up as a four-year-old with another Brisbane Cup win. He sold to India for 2000 pounds and won the Viceroy’s Cup and Kings Plate. He was a winner of 6 furlongs to two miles. He was later sold to England.


22nd June 1915 – Bundamba Reserve – An area of about 12 acres, at Bundamba (including cancelled defence purposes reserve) had been reserved for recreation under the control of Messrs, W.A.A. Perrett, T. Burgess, W. Noble, P. Monaghan, E. Seymour, T. Sharp, and G. Rutherford. This may be the land that backs onto the racecourse and was granted to the Bundamba State School.


1921 – Racing was in full swing during the 1920s in Ipswich. It is recorded on one meeting in November 1921, the Ipswich Amateur Turf Club raced in the afternoon with Sandy Gallop switching on the electric lights for a night’s turn of pony racing. Queensland Times, Racing Notes, Tuesday 22 November 1921

Strict regulations of government workers meant you weren’t allowed to own race horses. Alfred Clarence Perrett was just one who pushed the boundaries and raced and owned horses, albeit a slightly different name listed in the race books. One horse he had much success with was Winning Belle in the early 1920s.


Local hero

Popular Bundamba-trained horse Fairy Boy was at one time among the first flight of sprinters competing on unregistered courses. In March 1924 Fairy Boy won, in vigorous style, the Ipswich Hundred, a race worth 100 pounds. In a newspaper clipping it states “Mr W Arthur, a nom-de-course, has been racing at Bundamba for many years, with a varied amount of luck. He seems to have in his possession a rattling good horse in Fairy Boy, which possesses a good racing pedigree being by the imported English thoroughbred, Thor, and the dam is a Golden Prime mare. Golden Prime, prior to going to the stud, performed frequently in metropolitan registered racing circles”.