In the early 1940s the Ipswich grounds were used as a base for the US Army.

1946 – 1968 Dr T.L. Cooney served as Chairman of the Ipswich Amateur Turf Club

The 1948 Ipswich Cup winner was Emrose ridden by the great Russell Maddock. Both Emrose and Maddock also claimed a Toowoomba Cup.

1949 – Forge claimed the Ipswich Cup for trainer Arthur Noud and was regarded as one of the toughest stayers of the 1940s. The horse also won the 1948 Doomben Cup.