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Crack Me Up wins Qld Horse of the Year

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Crack Me Up wins Qld Horse of the Year

Queensland thoroughbred participants have joined to celebrate the 2017/18 racing season at the 2018 UBET Queensland Thoroughbred Awards in Brisbane on Sunday night, with Tony Gollan, Jeff Lloyd and the Liam Birchley-trained Crack Me Up taking home the major awards. Gollan collected his fifth Queensland Trainer of the Year title, while Jeff Lloyd was declared the state’s best jockey, and Crack Me Up the 2018 UBET Queensland Thoroughbred of the Year. Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch presents Tony Gollan with the Magic Millions...

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Qld’s best in double racing success

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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 months. However, many are asking if that date is still firm given the...

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Ipswich Turf Club – Friday 2 November – Program Replaced

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Ipswich Turf Club – Friday 2 November – Program Replaced

Brisbane RC @ Doomben – Wednesday 31 October – Race Date Relinquished RQ confirms that following consultation with Brisbane Racing Club the race meeting scheduled for Wednesday 31 October at Doomben has been relinquished. The decision has been made to reduce the workload on the Doomben racing surface leading into the venue’s important Summer Carnival commitments. To ensure that there remains a metropolitan (midweek status) meeting in SEQ in that week however, the Ipswich TC race meeting on Friday 2 November will now be afforded midweek...

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Rising jockey challenging big guns

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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. In winning, McGillivray nosed out multiple Ipswich Premiership winner...

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Turf club waits for dozer’s arrival for demolition

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Turf club waits for dozer’s arrival for demolition

ONLY when the dozer rolls into the Ipswich Turf Club will its boss realise the long-awaited redevelopment works are truly under way. The State Government has allocated $13million to upgrade the Bundamba track. The grant, which comes from the Racing Queensland infrastructure fund, will finance a new state-of-the-art two-storey building to house jockey and steward rooms on the ground floor and a members’ lounge and function centre above. While minor works have been undertaken since the running of this year’s Ipswich Cup in June,...

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Ipswich pays tribute to Kelso Wood

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Ipswich pays tribute to Kelso Wood

Ipswich Turf Club has paid tribute to former Ipswich Cup winner Kelso Wood who died this week after a long battle with illness. The Group 1 winning trainer won the Ipswich Cup in 2002 with Awesome Weather when Arron Kennedy carried 53kg to win by a short neck. Wood officially retired from training after winning the 2150m Maiden Plate at the Club’s CFMEU Labour Day meeting with his training partner Patricia Gesler accepting the trophy. Larry Cassidy rode Delago Edition to win the race for Wood and Gesler. At the age of 14, Wood started his...

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Premier trainer back in winning form

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Premier trainer back in winning form

TONY Gollan, the Ipswich premier trainer for the past four seasons, took a while to do so but managed his first winner for the new season at Bundamba. Four-year-old mare Splitter was Gollan’s successful runner and Jim Byrne was in the saddle last Wednesday to collect a winning double for the day. Splitter has won twice at Ipswich and in total has had three career wins from 14 starts. Half of those career starts have been at Ipswich where the return has been the two wins and four seconds. Splitter’s career earnings are now $76,000...

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Trainer’s formula paying off

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Trainer’s formula paying off

TRAINER Michael Lakey collected a rare Ipswich winning double at the latest race meeting at Bundamba. Based at Deagon north of Brisbane, Lakey takes the opportunity to gallop his horses on the nearby Sandgate beach in preparation for racing. The formula paid dividends on Friday. Lake has a stable of about 20 horses in work. A winning double with just the two travellers to Ipswich was a big result for Lakey, and due reward for his efforts. Jockey Jeff Lloyd was aboard Our Jamaica as the Mossman mare collected her fourth career win for prize...

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Why classy hoop’s winning treble special

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Why classy hoop’s winning treble special

GOLD Coast-based Luke Dittman displayed his class as a jockey on Saturday, riding a winning treble on the final weekend meeting for the calendar year at Bundamba. He holds a famous name being the son of former Australian champion Len “Mick” Dittman, who won three Ipswich Cups as well as the big four of Melbourne Cup, Cox Plate, Golden Slipper, and Caulfield Cup. Mick had a sparkling career over the last three decades of the 20th century. On his latest visit to Ipswich, Luke collected wins aboard Sylvester for Beaudesert trainer...

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Groups get first look at renovated turf club terrace

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Groups get first look at renovated turf club terrace

TODAY’S Ipswich race meeting at Bundamba will have a community flavour as the refurbished viewing terrace is used for the first time. With the former “pig pen” area closed under the Ipswich Turf Club’s multi-million dollar upgrade, the viewing terrace will become a prime location to watch the races. Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching was pleased to see four functions being held at the club’s fifth Saturday meeting this year. “We’ve upgraded the bar and tote. The bookmakers are up...

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