September 5, 1980 – Keith Noud called at Bundamba for the last time. Keith was a legend in Brisbane racing and was also a member of one of Australia’s most famous racing families.
April 20, 1983 – Handsome Prince ridden by Michael Pelling and Strawberry Road ridden by Len ‘Mick’ Dittman went head to head in an exhibition gallop. Strawberry Road was a brilliant stayer who recorded one of the easiest wins on record in the 1983 AJC Derby. He also picked up the 1983 Cox Plate, later to go onto win in Europe and the USA, later a top sire in America. He also won an Improvers Handicap at the Bundamba track on 6 January 1983. Handsome Prince was a popular grey who went within an ace of completing the Doomben summer treble winning two legs only to finish third in the final race. He later became the clerk of the course’s pony at Eagle Farm for many years.
1983 – Ipswich’s first Group 1 winning trainer – Bundamba trainer Kevin Keidge is best known for his skill in preparing the top-class Regal Advice to win the Group 1 Castlemaine Stakes (now TJ Smith) in 1983.
1986 – 1988 – Mr K.E. Versace was the Chairman of the Ipswich Turf Club.
1987 -Distancia won the Ipswich Cup for trainer John Wallace and jockey Neil Williams who admitted he was one of his favourite horses to ride. The pair also combined to win a Golf Coast Cup the same year. The time was a track record that remained until 2015 when Chris Waller’s Danchai broke the record.
1988 – The Ipswich Turf Club had to call in the administrators to work through the grave financial position following alleged misappropriation of funds.
1989 – Local jockey Jamie Bayliss rode Dixie Kid to win the Ipswich Cup for trainer Bruce Brown.
1989-1990 – Mr R.A. Allan was the Chairman of the Ipswich Turf Club.
The Ipswich-raised Bayliss family have two Group 1 winners in the clan after Jake Bayliss claimed the Ellerslie Group 1 Railway Stakes in New Zealand in early 2018.
Jake’s father Jamie had the foresight to take he and his brother Regan to Melbourne to further their promising jockey careers in the early 2010s. Regan was only 13 at the time so had to finish a couple more years of school prior to riding although he commenced work with the Peter Moody stable as soon as possible.
Jake is eldest of the pair by two years and famously won at his first ride for his master Michael Kent when he weighed a miserly 38 kilograms. Jake has developed over the past five years since that win to be a much stronger rider to combine with the family line of talent.
Younger brother Regan of course was first of the brothers to claim a Group 1 win in the Newmarket Handicap aboard Redkirk Warrior early in 2017.
Jamie was also a handy jockey and claimed his hometown Ipswich Cup in 1989 when he rode Dixie Kid for the win. Bob Bayliss, Jamie’s dad, was also the clerk of the course at the time and his sister Sharon who was also a clerk of the course and led Dixie Kid back into scale.