Turf club delivers top racing double

Turf club delivers top racing double

IT was a big weekend of racing at Bundamba as about 5000 people visited the venue over the two race meetings. The grounds and operational staff performed near miracles to provide a quality racing surface for each day as well as present facilities for both days. Saturday was the day for celebration and fundraising by the St Edmund’s College Foundation, along with the 13th running of the Ipswich Mile Gift foot race. The foot racing was exceptional viewing as the 300...

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Busy weekend at the track

Busy weekend at the track

THE Ipswich Turf Club is ready to host two weekend race meetings for the first time in six years. As the Labour Day first Monday in May has coincided with the Saturday Gold Coast Hollindale Cup meeting, the Ipswich Turf Club has two race programs. The Gold Coast meeting has been doubled with the Ipswich “Legs and Eddies” provincial back-up meeting for more than a decade as the preference is to race at Ipswich rather than Brisbane as a back-up to a Metropolitan meeting...

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Trainer’s welcome success on home track

Trainer’s welcome success on home track

IPSWICH trainer Garry Smith collected his first win at his home track at the latest Ipswich Metropolitan meeting. The winner was Rideonabigjetplane. The $15,000 first prize took the galloper’s earnings to $96,000. Apprentice Clayton Gallagher rode patiently and did not panic when near the tail of the field with 700 metres to run. A forward move from the 600 metre mark resulted in Rideonabigjetplane rounding up the field and racing away to win by three lengths. The $16...

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Time running out to see Lloyd

Time running out to see Lloyd

FORMER South African and champion Queensland jockey of the past two seasons Jeff Lloyd had a terrific day out at Ipswich, bagging four winners from his seven rides last week. This moved Lloyd to 27 season winners at Ipswich – ahead of reigning Ipswich premier jockey Jim Byrne and fellow former South African Robbie Fradd, on 21 wins apiece with a quarter of the season remaining. Byrne is chasing a fifth consecutive Ipswich Premiership after collecting a winning double...

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Ipswich club to the rescue

Ipswich club to the rescue

AFTER a heavy workload it was decided by Racing Queensland to give the Doomben track a three-week rest leading into the Winter Carnival, which includes five consecutive Group 1 meetings. This necessitated a change of the programmed Ipswich meeting from this Friday to Wednesday at very late notice. Beaudesert took up the Friday meeting and Racing Queensland were grateful to each club for assisting the industry out of a difficult situation. The Ipswich meeting has received...

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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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