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Controversial decision impacts Ipswich racing

Controversial decision impacts Ipswich racing

THE Metropolitan meeting last Wednesday at the Ipswich Turf Club was abandoned on the morning of the races. However not all participants were happy with this situation. After the track had been rated a heavy 8 on the eve of the meeting after 2mm of rain that Tuesday afternoon, there was no expectation from the club of any issue with the race meeting taking place. There had previously been 28mm rain on the preceding Friday night, and 4mm on the Monday afternoon. Despite this...

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Ipswich track back in favour

Ipswich track back in favour

JOCKEY Ryan Maloney gave a thumbs-up assessment to the Bundamba surface at last Tuesday’s Ipswich meeting. After recent track refurbishments and a cancellation of the meeting on the previous Wednesday following an irrigation malfunction, there was a nervous anticipation of how the track would race. After a dry spell during August and September, 15mm rain on Sunday, September 30, added to the puzzle. There need not have been any concern however as the track raced...

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Track decision causes angst

Track decision causes angst

THERE was quite a bit of conversation surrounding the last hour abandonment of the metropolitan race meeting at Ipswich last Wednesday. Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) stewards received criticism for not calling off the meeting earlier. An irrigation malfunction last Monday night caused flooding of the course just after the winning post. This resulted in a heavy rating being given to that portion after a steward’s inspection at midday on the Tuesday...

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Top hoop returns to his best

Top hoop returns to his best

EIGHT-time Ipswich premier jockey Jim Byrne had endured somewhat of a slow start to his current season – until the latest Ipswich meeting on Friday that is. After collecting four wins across the first six meetings of the season, Byrne made an emphatic statement riding a winning treble. Byrne’s first success was Tough One, who made a winning debut at Ipswich for Ballina trainer Stephen Lee. It was the 17th career start for Tough One and the extra distance of the...

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Qld’s best in double racing success

Qld’s best in double racing success

AS race caller Paul Dolan had his final day at Bundamba, riding marvel Jeff Lloyd scored another winning double at Ipswich last Friday to move to 10 after six race meetings of the new season. Lloyd saluted on the first favourite of the day, Tang Dynasty for trainer David Joice, prior to wrapping up the double aboard another favourite in Starkers, for trainer Chris Munce. At his current rate of success, Lloyd will have 20 winners by his proposed retirement in a couple of...

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Rising jockey challenging big guns

Rising jockey challenging big guns

JOCKEY Matt McGillivray showed in Ipswich why he is one of the rising talents of the Queensland riding ranks. At last Wednesday’s meeting, McGillivray managed to win with the Robert Heathcote trained Foxy Affair. A couple of seasons following completion of his apprenticeship, McGillivray continues to ride winners. In a stirring finish, there was just a nose margin as Foxy Affair nailed Courageous Rock on the line in the Landmark Leaders 1690 metres Class 4 Handicap....

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