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Solid half year for Qld Racing

Solid half year for Qld Racing

Racing Queensland has unveiled its first half results for the 2019/20 financial year with solid progress being realised across the industry. With RQ committed to providing increased transparency, the results can be viewed at www.racingqueensland.com.au, with the organisation publishing the data in its Key Objectives dashboard on a quarterly basis. Highlights from the year-to-date include: Healthy revenue growth (+25.6% to $139.4m);A large increase in returns to participants...

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Track managers inspect new works

Track managers inspect new works

IPSWICH hosted the track managers meeting on Monday with 15 key stakeholders getting a first-hand look at the redevelopment. Following 140mm of rainfall in the past week the guests toured the track which is now looking in prime condition and on target for the April 8 return. The rain hampered racing over the weekend with many of the meetings abandoned across south east Queensland. Although irrigation isn’t needed this week with the rainfall, perhaps the most impressive...

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Valuable service

Valuable service

PUBLICAN Dan Bowden has been a sounding board for the Ipswich Turf Club committee for over 30 years. The humble Bowden reminds us of John F Canty’s reign as chairman for 50 years, including flying the Ipswich flag during the war days when the track was used by the US Army. Bowden joined the committee in 1991 and was chairman from 1995-2001 before handing over the reins to current chairman Wayne Patch. Many would know Bowden from his post as the owner of the famous Marburg...

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MARTIN INQUIRY GETS HANDED DOWN

MARTIN INQUIRY GETS HANDED DOWN

The Palaszczuk Government has today released the findings from the Martin Inquiry into animal cruelty in the management of retired Queensland thoroughbreds and standardbreds. As part of today’s announcement, the Government accepted 37 recommendations in full, 17 recommendations in principle and one recommendation in part, and will provide almost $6 million to support the implementation of all 55 recommendations. Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said placing higher...

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Works move to B grass

Works move to B grass

Contractors finished works on the main track last Friday allowing for over two months of growth before racing starts back in April. With this work finished both the B grass and sand tracks will now undergo minor renovations including installing irrigation and drainage. Training will continue as normal while these works are underway with a completion date set for early March. Jump outs on the course proper are anticipated to be held on March...

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Experts to meet at Ipswich

Experts to meet at Ipswich

The state’s turf experts recently met for Racing Queensland’s inaugural Racecourse and Track Managers Conference. Held at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club, the conference was structured to provide best-practice advice on racecourse turf management. Ipswich Turf Club’s track manager Sean Tou attended the conference and said it was well timed. “The focus was on disease and pest control which is something we are monitoring closely following the rainfall in Ipswich over the past...

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