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Chairman shares in Ipswich racing celebration

Chairman shares in Ipswich racing celebration

TURF CHAT BRISBANE Racing Club chairman Neville Bell collected a win at Ipswich as big name trainers and jockeys shared in the spoils at Ipswich. The track last Wednesday was again upgraded to a good 4 and again raced beautifully in the opinion of all on course, further erasing the memories of a month ago on the 130 year old racecourse. Two-year-old gelding Kalik, which was bred and owned by the BRC chairman and his wife, saluted in the third event of the day at juicy odds...

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Boom hoop’s winning treble

Boom hoop’s winning treble

TURF CHAT BRISBANE jockey Brad Stewart rode a winning treble at Ipswich last Thursday as well as assisting leading trainer Tony Gollan to go further ahead in the Ipswich Premiership race. Stewart’s first winner of the day was aboard Boom County for Gollan. The three-year-old filly comfortably won her first career race start. Boom County was the 23rd winner for Gollan in the current season as he took a commanding lead of 12 over nearest rival David Vandyke in a bid to...

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Ipswich racing return ‘beautiful’

Ipswich racing return ‘beautiful’

TURF CHAT KEVIN Kemp was one of the many trainers lauding the state of the Ipswich racetrack at the latest meeting on Friday. Dynamisante was the first of a winning double for the Toowoomba trainer and was ridden by Emma Ljung in the first of the day. After a washed out and transferred meeting in March, there were questions being asked over the state of the Bundamba surface, especially after 21mm rain on the Wednesday prior to the meeting. However, Kemp was quick to give...

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Major revelopment progress at ITC

Major revelopment progress at ITC

TURF CHAT THE construction zones of the Ipswich Turf Club are not pretty sights at the moment. However there is clear evidence of progress on the infrastructure project. The double story events centre with racing stewards and jockey’s rooms below has started cracking along this past month. The pouring of slabs on two levels gives a clear display that the long-awaited works at the ITC are well and truly under way. A three-week spell from racing has allowed an...

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Track troubles: Why Ipswich meeting called off

Track troubles: Why Ipswich meeting called off

TURF CHAT THE latest Ipswich racing meeting scheduled last Friday was abandoned after rain on race morning. Many interested parties were asking how this could be the case given the record dry spell of the long hot summer, and how 12mm of rain could result in the abandonment of a race day.The simple reason for this is the nature of the Ipswich race track and the poor drainage rate through the profile. This poor drainage rate is a result of the subsurface, which is a heavy...

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