Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

NSW's Dunn Bucks Trend with Ipswich Double Win; Racing Queensland Needs to Offer Competitive Prizemoney

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

NSW's Dunn Bucks Trend with Ipswich Double Win; Racing Queensland Needs to Offer Competitive Prizemoney

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TURF CHAT

with

Brett Kitching

MURWILLUMBAH-based trainer Matt Dunn made the interstate journey to Ipswich last Thursday for terrific reward.

Dunn had two runners for the day and returned to NSW with two winners.

Glen Colless was booked for both mounts but was unavailable to ride, leaving successful pick-up rides for Ryan Wiggins on Count Apollo and Jim Byrne on Star Pass.

Currently with around 140 gallopers in his stable, Dunn became the first interstate trainer to do so when he won the 2011 Ipswich Trainer's Premiership.

He has not been visiting Ipswich with as many gallopers in recent times after prize money for NSW races was increased, preferring rather to attend northern NSW meetings for the higher cash.

Places such as Murwillumbah, Ballina, Coffs Harbour and Lismore are not far from Dunn's base and the higher prize money in NSW result in these centres being an obvious target for trainers.

This is one of the issues facing Racing Queensland.

In an attempt to continue attracting gallopers to Queensland provincial meetings, the prize money on offer needs to be competitive with that in NSW.

But this is difficult for Racing Queensland to be able to juggle funding of competing industry stakeholders.

As well as the prize money, race clubs seek higher subsidies, jockeys seek higher riding fees, breeders seek higher bonuses, and so on. This creates a difficult position for the control body from a limited pot of funds.

Beneficial meeting

WHILE it was a quiet meeting at Ipswich last Thursday, there was a clear example from Cairns as to why Ipswich no longer races almost every Friday as was the case over the past few years.

The Cairns Amateurs two-day carnival on Friday and Saturday again attracted thousands, putting on a great display of thoroughbred racing celebration.

A dozen Friday dates were replaced at Ipswich with other midweek days across the year.

Everyone understands the difficulty in attracting patrons to a race meeting on midweek days of Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, though it is important for the overall industry to create opportunities for regional clubs to make the most of particularly suitable dates throughout the year. …

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