Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich's Chance to Impress; International Interest in Historic Cup Daybuilding as City Awaits Latest Race Fields

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Ipswich's Chance to Impress; International Interest in Historic Cup Daybuilding as City Awaits Latest Race Fields

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THE focus of the Queensland Racing Winter Carnival moves to Ipswich on Saturday for the running of the famous and historic Ipswich Cup.

Ipswich was the holder of the first official race meeting in Queensland way back in 1859.

The city continues today to be nationally, and internationally recognised for the time-honoured Ipswich Cup meeting.

In the past three years, we have seen the first female rider to win an Ipswich Cup when Tegan Harrison won aboard Brave Ali in 2014, followed by European imports Danchai for trainer Chris Waller in 2015, and Maurus for David Vandyke last year.

It has been somewhat of a rocky road for the Queensland Winter Carnival this year highlighted by the transfer of three meetings from Eagle Farm to Doomben.

The hope of all is that the last three weeks of the Carnival -- being the Ipswich Cup, Tattersalls Winter Stakes at Doomben, and Caloundra Cup at the Sunshine Coast finish the carnival off in style.

Quality fields

A MASSIVE 201 nominations have been received for the card on Ipswich Cup Day.

This huge number will mean many will miss a start on the day and that there should be strong full fields across the meeting.

The only race with an extension in nominations is the Ipswich Cup which had 14 originally. There is quite a bit of quality among these, however, with last year's second placegetter Jumbo Prince having another go.

Two New Zealanders are nominated for the Cup in top rater Benzini and Tessastock.

Gai Waterhouse is aiming for a third Ipswich Cup with promising four-year-old distance mare Sort After.

The Eye Liner Stakes is a well sought after title again with 30 nominations.

Interstate trainers include Peter and Paul Snowden, Matthew Dale, Joseph Pride, Kim Waugh, Michael Moroney, and recently appointed Godolphin trainer Darren Beadman creating a race of high quality. …

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