1960s

1960s

Tulloch wooed the crowd numerous times at Bundamba. He was one of Queensland’s great champions having won a Caulfield Cup, Derbies making him a true weight-for-age champion. In commemoration of a century of racing the Club hosted a Centenary Cup meeting in 1960. Tulloch went head to head with Macdougall who had a year previously been crowned the Melbourne Cup winner. Two great champions to grace the Bundamba turf. In June, 1961 – Tulloch entertained the crowd again with a solo exhibition gallop.

The centenary meeting also highlighted the strong divide that existed between men and women at race meetings. Women were permitted to attend the races, however, were clearly defined to a specific area of the track. When Queensland’s Governor Sir Henry Abel Smith greeted the committee guests he first met with the Club’s Chairman TL Cooney and fellow committeemen. Following this he moved across the path to meet with TL Cooney’s wife and guests.

The top stayer Sharply was renowned for his battles with the champion galloper Tulloch. But he holds an unusual record in Queensland racing. Sharply won the 1961 Ipswich Cup when ridden by Bernie Howlett. He returned in 1962 to win Ipswich’s John Canty Flying (now the Eye Liner Stakes) when ridden by Roy Higgins. Sharply remains one of the only three post WWII horse to win the major Cup and feature sprint at a Queensland TAB racetrack.

September 17, 1961 – Queensland first triple dead heat for third. In the first race, the Rosevale Maiden, Brown Casir (4/1), Bush Beauty (9/2) and Dolly Bridge (150/1) could not be separated for third place.

1962 – a call for each-way betting was made by the public.

In 1963 Sometime and Conference dead-heated for first in the Ipswich Cup. The next year Bore Head and Isaacson also dead-heated for first in the 1964 Cup. It is the only time there has been consecutive dead-heats in a major Queensland feature race.

One of Queensland’s best handicap stayers Bore Head claimed the 1964 Ipswich Cup when he dead heated with Isaacson. Bore Head claimed five Cups in his career including the Ipswich, Queensland, Caulfield, Australian and Doomben. His jockey Fred Clarke went to his grave swearing he would have won the 1965 Melbourne had he not fallen. Throughout Bore Head’s career he was trained by Ronnie Dillon and D.Judd.

1966 Ipswich Cup winner Prunda was the people’s champion for almost all of the 1960s with 119 starts he rarely put in a poor effort. He carried huge weights to win and was often the get out horse for punters.

1968 – 1977 Mr H.O. Dick was the Ipswich Turf Club Chairman.

1968 – Club secretary Ted Skippington oversaw the $200,000 grandstand and administration block constructed.

1968 – Ascot Bridge won an Ipswich two-year-old by 15 lengths on February 7, 1968.

1969 – Boobereela gave jockey Graham Cook his first Ipswich Cup win. Graham went on to win another two Cups – 1973 onboard Fall Guy and in 1983 riding Claymore Boy.

1969 – Kaoru Star is the only horse in Queensland to win the same feature race twice but under different conditions. He won the 1969 J.F. Canty Flying when it was restricted to three-year-olds. He then won the race again when it was renamed the Eye Liner Stakes. Kaoru Star later went on to become a top sire.