Strong show of racing support
SATURDAY’S racing at Bundamba completed a big week for the Ipswich Turf Club following the successful Labour Day meeting last Monday.
A total of 5500 people made their way through the Ipswich Turf Club gates in a strong show of support for the historic race club.
As well as the foot racers coming from all around South East Queensland for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation Legs day, win- ning trainers came from around the south east corner.
Eagle Farm and Sunshine Coast trainers shared the honours with three winners each. Toowoomba and Gold Coast chipped in with a win.
The Eagle Farm winners included former Melbourne Cup-winning trainer John Meagher with Divine Dice, ridden by Bridget Grylls in the last of the day.
The other two Eagle Farm winners were Kelso Wood, with Vienna Power ridden by Matt McGuren, and Susurri for trainer Barry Lockwood ridden by Chris Whitely. That was the only ride for the day of the Gold Coast-based Whitely providing a tip for those astute enough to find it.
Two of the Sunshine Coast winners provided a winning double for trainer Stuart Kendrick and rider Nathan Thomas on Ubetwedo and Gypsy Miss.
The third Sunshine Coast winner was Tacamaa Blue for trainer Garnett Taylor and apprentice rider Jesse Graham.
The remaining two winners were Waltham for Toowoomba’s Kevin Kemp and rider Jag Guthmann- Chester, and Wicked Queen for the Gold Coast’s Bryan and Daniel Guy stable, ridden by Matt McGuren.
Wicked Queen’s win for the Ipswich Cup winning and former Ipswich premier trainer Guy stable also provided a winning double for Matt McGuren.
RACING is back at Ipswich tomorrow to round out a busy time of three meetings in nine days. It is another Metropolitan Wednesday meeting with eight races and 89 acceptors.
This busy period with a much larger number of patrons coming through the gates gives a timely reminder of the difference from standard midweek meetings as the major race day of the year for Ipswich looms less than six weeks away.
The Ipswich Cup on June 17 continues to be a standout from a patronage point of view for the entire year, not just at Ipswich but across Queensland.
Pre-sold tickets for the day are again strong. The numbers of marquees have grown even further from last year.
An additional five new marquees on the infield and grandstand sides indicate that another bumper day for the community is in store.
Group 1 racing
THE Brisbane Racing Group 1 events for the winter commence on Saturday as the 2017 version of the Doomben 10,000 is contested.
Over the following four weeks, there is Group 1 racing each week including the Doomben Cup, BTC Cup, Queensland Oaks and finally super Saturday on June 10, featuring the Stradbroke Handicap, J Atkins, and Queensland Derby.
Group 1 racing continues in Adelaide over the next couple of weeks with the SA Derby and Goodwood Handicap to be contested.
Ipswich is racing on Wednesday, followed by Friday May 19, and Wednesdays, May 24 and 31.