Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Curry Memorial Entries Open

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Curry Memorial Entries Open

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Paul Dolan

TRIAL sessions at Ipswich traditionally become very busy during January.

This year is no different, with trainers preparing their up and coming stars for the world's richest greyhound race for maidens, the Vince Curry Memorial series.

Last year a change was made to the format, with the initial round of non betting qualifying races dropped.

The same will occur this year, with the first round being heats conducted at a TAB meeting or meetings.

If more than 80 nominations are received, the heats will be run at two meetings, Friday twilight February 6 and Saturday night February 7.

Should there be fewer than 80 entries, all will run on the Saturday.

Last year there were 83 entries but some scratchings saw the number reduced to 76, with all heats run on the one night.

Entries close on Wednesday, January 28.

The Reg Kay trained Jungle Junction took out the $40,000 to the winner final last year in race record time of 30.46.

Kay was training the bitch for Victorian owners.

After 19 Queensland starts with Kay for six wins and seven placings, the bitch returned to Victoria late last year and has had five starts there for a win and three placings under new trainer Joel Hallam.

Track changes

ALBION Park staged a Tuesday meeting this week and will race again next Tuesday.

Some urgent track reconstruction has been necessary in Townsville, meaning the closure of that venue for four weeks.

As is the case at Ipswich, greyhound racing at Townsville is conducted at the Showgrounds, a site which is quite close to the city centre.

Racing Queensland board member Chris Williams would like to see a new greyhound track built at the Cluden thoroughbred racecourse, which is on the outskirts of Townsville but in a growing area.

"A new track could be built at Cluden, but not on the inside of the thoroughbred track," Williams said.

"There is ample vacant land which the turf club owns.

"An area near the entrance to the racetrack would be an ideal place to build a greyhound track. …

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