Outsiders shake up race day

Outsiders shake up race day

THE entire quadrella pool in excess of $21,000 went unclaimed at the Ipswich Metropolitan race meeting last Wednesday. On the eight race card, the final four races all went to outsiders in the betting with the final race going to the roughest in the field. Supporters of the Toowoomba based Ben Currie stable would have been in with some chance of the quaddie as Currie trained the winners of the first and final legs. These two gallopers were Mr Chow at $12 and High Africaine...

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A COUPLE of memorial races were staged at the latest Ipswich meeting when it was back to racing after a fortnight off. These races last Thursday included former Ipswich trainer Kevin Keidge and former member of 53 years, honorary club doctor and committeeman of 30 years, Dr Mervyn Fish. The winner of the Dr Mervyn Fish Memorial was It’s Choux Time for champion Australian trainer Chris Waller. It was the Waller stable’s seventh win at Ipswich this season after...

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Valuable Ipswich projects under way

Valuable Ipswich projects under way

THE second week off from racing this year gave Ipswich Turf Club grounds staff an opportunity to work on maintenance projects around the facility. The two main areas of focus were the course proper and the soon-to-be-opened racing museum. The course proper underwent scarifying, coring, aerating and heavy top dressing during the two weeks off as the track continues to recover from the works of Racing Queensland four years ago. Those works resulted in levelling of a number of...

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Ipswich track maintenance vital before winter

Ipswich track maintenance vital before winter

IPSWICH has a week off racing until the next meeting on March 22. There are challenges in maintaining a turf track for racing 50 times a year, and such breaks are gratefully received by track staff. An intense week of track scarifying, coring, aerating, top dressing and fertilising is under way in what may be the final chance for significant track maintenance prior to winter. The track staff at Ipswich have regularly produced quality surfaces this season despite the heavy...

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Emma’s enjoyable double reward

Emma’s enjoyable double reward

APPRENTICE jockey Emma Ljung collected a winning double at Ipswich last Wednesday with two Toowoomba trained gallopers. The double came early in the day in the first two races and were the young jockey’s only two rides for the day. The winning double was made up of The Real Boss trained by Tony Sears and Aileach trained by Rex Lipp. That was the end of success for Toowoomba trainers on a large 10 race card, although Oakey trainer Peter Kings picked up the second last...

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