Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Cup Festivities Match Best in Business

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich Cup Festivities Match Best in Business

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ANOTHER Ipswich Cup Day has come and gone and again the city of Ipswich has been shown in a grand light.

The weather, standard of fashion, general behaviour, quality of horse racing and the social approach of patrons in general all combined to leave a lasting impression on visitors to the city.

As reported on Sky Channel's Racing Retro on Sunday morning, Ipswich Cup Day is renowned for having an atmosphere unlike any other race meeting.

A mixture of metropolitan and country elements help to make Ipswich Cup Day a unique event in the racing world.

The sociable environment is now well recognised around the country as a standout day in Australian racing.

This was confirmed by the Adelaide Tote visitors who were hugely impressed by the Ipswich hospitality.

They declared patrons to be a great deal more friendly than at any other race meeting which they had operated at.

The downside of the day was the unfortunate demise of Sydney visitor Viva Las.

This five-year-old mare had been in Brisbane for two months and Saturday was her fourth start in Queensland.

Viva Las was distressed in the straight and jockey Larry Cassidy had retired the mare from the race.

After veering out, Viva Las came into contact with the outside running rail and flipped over this rail where she collapsed and died.

A post mortem will be held to determine the cause of death.

This tragedy did not reflect on the Ipswich Turf Club in any way.

To the contrary, the club was praised for dealing with the horrible situation in a quick and efficient manner.

Racing Queensland stewards congratulated the grounds staff for the efforts taken in relation to the serious incident.

The security fence, which is erected for Ipswich Cup Day alone, was applauded as saving a potential further incident involving the thousands of onlookers at the point where Viva Las flipped over the running rail. …

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