Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Club Delighted about Friday Proposal

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Club Delighted about Friday Proposal

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THE Ipswich Turf Club (ITC) has been given a great opportunity through the Queensland Racing proposed dates for the next season.

The opportunity is in providing stability and continuity of racing in relation to the dates offered.

For many years, racing has been on a different mid-week day at Ipswich. But the draft proposal has Ipswich racing 47 Fridays, three Saturdays and one Monday on Labour Day.

This set of dates requires approval at the Queensland Racing Board meeting this month. Assuming that approval is given, Ipswich will become the Friday club for racing in Queensland from July this year.

Friday is an attractive day for the club and patrons.

From the club's point of view, the certainty and continuity of racing predominantly on a given day of the week allows stability in staffing and resources planning from week to week.

Friday afternoon is the most popular mid-week time for patrons. It is much more suitable for full-time day workers.

ITC chairman Wayne Patch could barely contain his delight at receiving the news of the proposed dates.

"It is something we've been working towards for 20 years," Patch said.

It has been difficult even for the committee to keep a track of which days Ipswich will be racing from week to week.

The new timetable gives certainty of almost all Fridays across the year.

Ipswich has long provided an important service doing one day for the mid-week racing product in Queensland.

Wagering on the Ipswich product is strong comparatively as Ipswich continues to be an important provider of mid-week racing.

The Friday concept builds on these principles in relation to Ipswich, providing a more suitable day in satisfying the club and patron, as well as off-course punters.

The proposed schedule allows Ipswich to continue racing on Magic Millions Saturday in January, as well as the Prime Minister's Cup Saturday in May and the important Ipswich Cup Saturday. …

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