It’s a very different Cup Day for Ipswich Turf Club this year
Usually at this time of year, Ipswich Turf Club manager Brett Kitching and his team would be run off their feet putting on the city’s biggest social event, the Ipswich Cup race day.
This year’s event – which would have been run on Saturday, 13 June – was called off as the coronavirus pandemic took hold and tough social restrictions came into force.
Despite what looked at the time to be a major financial setback, the proud club has since galloped ahead as the industry and the public embraced crowd-free race days.
“Remarkably, we are very stress free at the moment and there is a real mood of gratitude and excitement at the club,” Mr Kitching said.
“Losing the Ipswich Cup this year was a big deal and disappointing for the club and the city, but we’re very grateful that racing was able to continue.”
As other major sports across the nation paused, the popularity of racing surged.