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2000s

2000s

2000 – Pittance made history when he won three Listed Eye Liner Stakes in 2000, 2001 and 2002.

2001 – Mr W. Patch has held the position of the Ipswich Turf Club Chairman since 2001.

2001- Sydney Cup winner Henderson Bay also claimed the Ipswich Cup.

2004 – Portland Singa claimed the Ipswich Cup plus the Caloundra Cup and Group 1 Brisbane Cup in the same year.

2006 – Sphenophyta claimed the Ipswich Cup, he also added the Group 1 Turnball Stakes to his record later that year.

2007 – Ipswich Cup winner Sculptor was trained by Peter McKenzie who was also known for his role as Elendil in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. Sculptor went on to win the SAAB Quality at Flemington after his Ipswich victory.

Equine Influenza

The August 2007 outbreak of Equine Influenza was a disaster for the Australian horse racing and breeding industry, and for many of the individual Australians who earn their living from horse racing or breeding.  The direct costs incurred by the industry and by the Commonwealth in merely containing the outbreak totalled more than $130 million.  The industry and its participants lost many more millions of dollars of income due to the resulting cancellations and restrictions on racing and breeding activities.

By noon on 26 August 2007, all weekend race meetings in Australia had been cancelled and in the first week 50 thoroughbred race meetings were lost.  The standstill was soon lifted elsewhere, but in NSW and Queensland no metropolitan race meetings were held for 3 months and racing in other parts of those States was dislocated for several months.

Despite the lockdown some meetings were able to proceed where transportation of horses was not required. Ipswich was half an hour from holding one of these meetings on Tuesday, 25 September 2007 with 52 local horses nominated when stewards abandoned the meeting. The news came not long before the first race and stemmed from a jockey, scheduled to ride at the meeting, having been in contact with horses in a suspected infected area.

News had just broken that horses in the Deagon area were showing signs of the flu and elevated temperatures. The jockey in question was believed to have ridden half a dozen horses in trackwork at Deagon that morning, then travelled to Ipswich and had arrived on course to fulfil his riding engagements.

At the time of trackwork the Deagon facility hadn’t had a reported case of the Equine Influenza virus but given the developments, the Department of Primary Industry felt it too great a risk to horses at Ipswich, which until then was without a reported case of the virus.

They decided to abandon the meeting for fear the jockey may have unknowingly brought the virus to the course on his clothes or gear.

There were five races of about 10 runners in each due to have a hit out before the meeting was cancelled. The local trainers included Jamie Bayliss, Lorraine Logan, Patricia Arnold, Des Wozencroft, Desley Cowley, Andrew Cowell, Bill Trimble, Stuart Hinks, Allan Doyle, Harry Williams, Geoff Livermore, Ray Turgeon, Jim Savage, Alex McRae, Bill Abbey and Gavin Logan. At the time of the outbreak in 2007, around 70 horses were worked at the Club each morning. Only those trainers with their own tracks were able to continue training.

The day went on to host the Club’s Annual General Meeting.

Ironically, 99 years earlier, almost to the day, on 26 September 1908 an outbreak of Equine Influenza occurred among horses in the Ipswich district.

2008 – Race caller Wayne Wilson picked the first seven winners of the 8-card meeting on a March meeting in 2008. Wayne was held in high regard in a career spanning 40 years with his first Ipswich call in 1969.

September 10, 2009 – The final three races at the Ipswich meeting were called off after jockeys went on strike at protest at changes to whip riding rules.

2009 – Our Lukas was the first horse to win back-to-back Ipswich Cup titles. His first was in 2009, followed by 2010 both for renowned Brisbane trainer Robert Heathcote.

2009 – Brent Evans was the first apprentice to win an Eye Liner Stakes. He won aboard Mitanni who was trained by John Wallace. Brent was also named the Apprentice School Champion for the same year. Brent was also the first apprentice to win a senior premiership in the same year.