Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Week off Benefit for Surface; Ipswich Chance to Aerateproblems Areas of Track

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Week off Benefit for Surface; Ipswich Chance to Aerateproblems Areas of Track

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IT was a welcome break from racing at Ipswich last week as the Cairns Amateurs conducted their two day carnival on Friday and Saturday.

This is a traditional Friday meeting undertaken by Cairns and one of a number that go to other tracks while Ipswich is the predominant Friday venue in Queensland.

The benefit to the Bundamba racetrack was a week off giving time for some attention to the course proper after racing every week through winter since Ipswich Cup Day.

As the kikuyu grass is mostly dormant through winter, Rye grass is oversewn to maintain a turf coverage as the track supports weekly racing through that period.

The week off has given track staff an opportunity at the start of spring to fertilise and aerate the course as well as top dress portions of the racing surface suffering the most.

Problem areas remain from the 2014 refurbishment undertaken by Racing Queensland works, which solved the undulations issue but which however created major drainage problems which continue to cause issues.

The break from racing has helped to pay attention to these areas and some nice rain came at the right time.

The warming weather will combine with the works of this break to give the track a kick along over the next couple of months.

It is back to racing at Ipswich on Friday.

A healthy 103 nominations have been received for the meeting indicating a willingness of industry participants to return to Ipswich.

CEO's visit liftsupgrade hopes

THE newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Racing Queensland, Dr Eliot Forbes, visited the Ipswich Turf Club last week.

Dr Forbes showed interest in the state of facilities, the club's financial position, the condition of the course proper and the infrastructure needs of the historic Bundamba facility.

It was a breath of fresh air to find a senior official of the Racing Control Body displaying great interest and compassion for the plight of the Ipswich Turf Club. …

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