Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Magic Millions Bid at Ipswich; Trainer Gives Exciting Fillywinning Run at Bundamba

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Magic Millions Bid at Ipswich; Trainer Gives Exciting Fillywinning Run at Bundamba

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THE weather was much more pleasant on Friday at the final race meeting of the season at the Ipswich racetrack.

After patrons, staff, licensees and equines alike managed to get through extreme temperatures at the previous meeting, conditions were milder last week.

On a seven race card, with quite a number of highlights, the main interest was in the two-year-old race early in the day and the race lived up to expectations.

South Australian trainer Tony McEvoy brought his filly Hills to Ipswich for her maiden start and was not disappointed as she finished the race off strongly with Mark Du Plessis aboard.

McEvoy explained that he was chasing the Magic Millions Classic with Hills however she would need to win next week at the Gold Coast to even qualify with enough prizemoney.

As we near the Gold Coast's Magic Millions Carnival, the Ipswich two-year-old can be an important race to build prizemoney to allow a place in the big race on January 12.

That is exactly that which happened with the Darryl Hansen trained Le Chef four years ago.

That galloper won the corresponding Ipswich two-year-old race to claim a spot in the field and go on to collect a $1.2 million cheque in the Classic race in 2015.

Memorable year

ALTHOUGH there have been some ups and downs, overall 2018 will go down as a memorable year for the Ipswich Turf Club.

The opening of the Ipswich Racing Museum in May was a good start as signs of an impending start on the development works finally began to show.

The museum was developed to remember the history of the site prior to the dozers sweeping their way through older portions of the facility.

The museum is housed in an old Tote building of almost 70 years of age, a building that was originally planned for demolition under the project scope.

The May Labour Day and Legs and Eddies Race Days were again well attended and proved a hit for loyal patrons and partners of the club. …

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