Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Gets Thursday Meeting for Top Event; President Obama Invited to Town to Present Cup

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Gets Thursday Meeting for Top Event; President Obama Invited to Town to Present Cup

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OVER the past 16 years, four greyhound tracks in south-east Queensland have closed for various reasons.

Lawnton, on Brisbane's north side, was shut in 1995, allegedly because it was an unviable operation.

The same fate struck Toowoomba in 2000. And Beenleigh in 2003.

In 2008, the State Government resumed the land on which the Gold Coast greyhound track was situated, for the purpose of building a new hospital.

There are now two TAB tracks in the south-east of the state, Ipswich and Albion Park.

I have long believed that provincial clubs should be granted a Thursday night date for their feature cup meeting each year.

To do that, Albion Park would take a night off or do a swap.

Various control bodies never embraced the idea and neither did the Albion Park club.

How successful it would have been nobody knows, because it was never tried at Ipswich, Beenleigh or anywhere in this state.

Things have changed, however.

New control body Racing Queensland has granted the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club Thursday night metropolitan status for this year's City of Ipswich Gold Cup.

Heats of the Cup will be run on Thursday night, November 10.

The winning purse of $25,000 for the final will be decided on Thursday night, November 17.

Albion Park will not race on those Thursdays and each race at Ipswich will have the regular Albion Park minimum prizemoney allocation for a Thursday of $5000.

You might ask, what difference does it make whether the Cup is run on a Wednesday or Thursday night?

The answer is that a strong support card to the Cup will attract increased interest.

People will want to go to the track to witness all the good, quality events.

Stay-at-home punters will bet up keenly on all races, not just the Cup.

The club will put on various promotions.

At the end of the day, though, it's up to the people of Ipswich to support the race meetings, to show Racing Queensland that the change is a move for the better.

Next year's Vince Curry Memorial Maiden will be staged on Thursday night, February 23. It has received a significant prizemoney boost from $25,000 to $40,000 to the winner. …

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