Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Milestones for Ipswich Track

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Milestones for Ipswich Track

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THERE were two milestone race meetings at Ipswich last week.

The first of those was on Tuesday a the final Tuesday meeting for Ipswich for the foreseeable future.

The second meeting of the week was Friday, which introduced Ipswich as a Friday racing club.

Over the current financial year, which started last week, Ipswich has 47 Fridays, three Saturdays and one public holiday meeting on Labour Day.

Another change is there will be seven races programmed each Friday for Ipswich, as with other midweek gallop venues. This effectively results in more meetings in Queensland across the week, though the numbers of races remain similar to previous years.

There will be regular racing on Thursday at Rockhampton, Friday at Ipswich, Tuesday at northern Queensland clubs predominantly Townsville, and Wednesday at the sole metropolitan club a the Brisbane Racing Club.

The Ipswich Turf Club will market the Friday race meetings with an aim of holding 47 Friday functions across the year.

The benefits of holding a function in the Trackside Lounge on a Friday include race naming rights, which give international television and printed media exposure for sponsors.

This exposure gives a great fundraising opportunity to clubs, charities, and community organisations to have a Friday afternoon at the races with fine food and beverages at a low cost while raising funds for their organisation.

New control body

A NEW control body charged with governing all three codes of racing in Queensland started operations on July 1.

Thoroughbred gallops, harness and greyhound racing are all now under the control of a new entity in Racing Queensland.

The Queensland Government has committed $80 million to fund infrastructure development as part of the three code merger process. A full master plan is to be announced in the next couple of months and at that time the situation in relation to Ipswich for all three codes will be disclosed.

Friday favourites

THE first of the regular Friday meetings for Ipswich last week featured favourite backers having a highly profitable day. …

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