Matt and Jim’s day out at popular Ipswich meet
A BIG day of racing today at the Ipswich Racecourse marked a decade of Labour Day meetings at Bundamba.
Thousands turned out to celebrate the holiday program of colourful racing and family fun.
The fairground was again a huge hit with the younger family members while parents enjoyed live racing in a relaxed environment.
The winner of the CFMEU Mining and Energy Cup was the Matt Dunn trained Hollywood Barbie. That continued Dunn’s fine form of late giving him 16 Ipswich wins for the season.
Jockey Jim Orman collected his 24th win of the season although premiership leader Tegan Harrison maintained a margin of two winning earlier in the day aboard Halfeti for trainer Brett Baker.
TODAY was the chance for the whole family to enjoy a day at the races as we near the 18+ Ipswich Cup Day.
The initiative was taken by the Ipswich Turf Club in 2007 to alter the status of Ipswich Cup Day to an 18+ event.
Despite a number of detractors, the concept has proved to be a winner.
Crowd numbers have increased over the past decade for the Ipswich Cup and security and police have reported minimal problems with crowd behaviour.
The aim of the 18+ status was to eliminate issues with under age alcohol consumption.
As well as this target being achieved, the number of patrons enjoying a social experience on the day has increased.
This is despite a general decline in numbers at most other racetracks since 2007 as the Ipswich Turf Club marks a decade of Ipswich Cup 18+ status on the 150th Anniversary of the oldest known Ipswich Cup won by Jibboom in 1866.
It is no coincidence that the 18+ status of Ipswich Cup Day commenced in the same year as the free family fun day that is Labour Day.
The generosity of the CFMEU Mining and Energy Division in providing the free family fun day has brilliantly complemented the Ipswich Cup 18+ status.
These are the two largest race days for the year at Ipswich.
Legs and Eddies Day
THE next race meeting at Ipswich is Legs and Eddies Day on Saturday.
This is one of three Saturday race dates on the Ipswich calendar for the year.
It has developed a niche with a fundraising component for St Edmunds College Foundation, combined with human foot racing chasing the cash prize in the One Mile Gift.
The meeting was abandoned last year due to rain and the state of the track although the foot racing went ahead for its 10th consecutive year.
Next week for the May 13 show holiday, the ITC meeting features a wedding and a fundraising function for Ipswich Hospice. Then follows the final two regular Wednesday metropolitan meetings, prior to reverting to predominantly Friday dates from early June when Eagle Farm is planned to return to racing.
To top off the Ipswich mini-carnival is the big day for the 150 year anniversary Ipswich Cup on June 18. Pre- sold marquee tickets are selling at an amazing rate.