Call for Ipswich Racing Museum
AS WE move into the year of exciting developments of the Ipswich Racetrack Facility, it is important for many to remember the past. And the Ipswich Turf Club has come up with the perfect solution.
That is the opening of an Ipswich Racing Museum, doubling as a hospitality venue in a refurbished 60-year-old Totalisator building which hasn’t been used for its original purpose for two decades.
This building is one of the oldest still remaining on the site and is currently undergoing a full refurbishment and upgrade to provide a new function centre along with memories of the past.
This project is being undertaken by the ITC separately from the Racing Queensland funded major infrastructure project.
Claire Power, who has recently commenced employment with the ITC, is managing this project along with ITC Maintenance Supervisor Chris Wallace who is overseeing the refurbishment of the facility and associated works.
There is quite a bit of memorabilia on hand at the racetrack however members of the public and racing fraternities are encouraged to contribute to the project if at all possible.
The old Tote building not far inside the main gate has been dormant for decades and used as a storeroom after the 34 windows built in the 1950s were permanently closed for Totalisator operations.
Items of interest will adorn the Museum such as copy of coverage of the first official race meeting in Queensland at the Grange in 1859, the Australian Champion Sweepstakes of 1861 won by Zoe, the Ipswich Cup of 1866 won by Jibboom, photos from as long ago as the 19th century, and totalisator equipment from the 1940s.
Memorabilia will also be included on the champion filly Eye Liner from the 1960s, photo finishes from mid-twentieth century, and more modern items such as female involvement in Ipswich Racing including Gai Waterhouse winning the Ipswich Cup, Gillian Heinrich winning the Ipswich Trainer’s Premiership, and Tegan Harrison winning the Ipswich Cup after winning dual Ipswich Apprentice Jockey Premierships.
There have been many great gallopers visit Ipswich to either race or perform an exhibition gallop and displays of these are still held at the club. Such gallopers include Tulloch, Hareeba, Strawberry Road, and General Nediym.
There have been a number of calls over the years for a racing museum initiative and what better time to build this centre in the year of an overhaul of the facility, than in the 160th year of racing in Ipswich.
Donations from the public are welcome in relation to items or memorabilia specifically related to racing in Ipswich over the many decades of the Sport of Kings in our City.
For further information, please contact Claire Power at the Ipswich Turf Club on 32821500.
Carlton race day member perks
TO CELEBRATE our recent partnership with Carlton & United Breweries, any member who attends the Members Lounge on the Wednesday, January 31 race day will receive two complimentary CUB products of their choice from the wide range in stock.
This includes popular brands such as Great Northern, Carlton Draught, Pure Blonde and Corona.
Just present your member’s badge upon arrival to our staff in the Members Lounge to receive your complimentary drink vouchers.
The final January race meeting for Ipswich is the Wednesday Metropolitan meeting prior to three more Wednesday meetings in February on 7th, 14th, and 28th, along with a Friday date on the 23rd.