How it all be­gan

QT Magazine - - CUP HISTORY -

ONE day af­ter Marabou car­ried 49.5kg to win the 1935 Melbourne Cup – then worth 8500 pounds – a mare named Faith Aus­tralia took the first Ip­swich Cup at odds of 4-1 in front of thou­sands of spec­ta­tors at Bun­damba. The race was born af­ter an Ip­swich Am­a­teur Turf Club com­mit­tee meet­ing on Satur­day, Septem­ber 21 of the same year, where mem­ber Charles Bon­ham agreed to do­nate a gold cup to the win­ner, with the over­all prize money set at 150 pounds. It was to be then gov­er­nor of Queens­land, Sir Les­lie Wil­son’s first visit to the track. The Courier-Mail re­ported it was “the best hand­i­cap field” as­sem­bled for some time. Red Ross would start a 3-1 favourite, with High­len­sis and Faith Aus­tralia on the sec­ond line of bet­ting at 4-1. The pun­dits of the day were firmly in High­len­sis’ cor­ner af­ter the horse fin­ished sec­ond in the Bris­bane Hand­i­cap a week ear­lier, in a time just half-a-sec­ond out­side the state record. He would be forced to carry 9st for his ef­forts, but with a claim by the jockey listed as Wrigley, he would carry 8.9. Faith Aus­tralia had “come from the clouds” in a race on Satur­day, but was up against her tough­est op­po­si­tion to-date. How­ever, she would power away to win by three lengths, ahead of out­sider Christo­pher Robin, and 5-1 chance Sage Force. The Cup was moved back to Au­gust the fol­low­ing year, with then Ip­swich Am­a­teur Turf Club pres­i­dent, Mr Canty, do­nat­ing a whip to the win­ning rider.

PHOTO: ROB WIL­LIAMS

ON TRACK: Amexed (clos­est to rail) won The Queens­land Times Win­ter Pro­vin­cial Stay­ers Se­ries BM 80 HCP at last year’s Ip­swich Cup.

PHOTO: ROB WIL­LIAMS

Last year’s win­ner was trained by David Vandyke and rid­den by Damian Browne.

PHOTO: INGA WIL­LIAMS

Jockey Damian Browne

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