Ip­swich re­mains an epi­cen­tre of rac­ing

Pop­u­lar­ity of Cup Day matched by qual­ity of horses

The Queensland Times - - News - CHAIR­MAN’S WEL­COME

RAC­ING in Ip­swich has an im­mensely proud his­tory dat­ing back to the 1840’s and was once the epi­cen­tre of the sport in Queens­land.

Whilst much has changed over the past 180 years Ip­swich is still the epi­cen­tre of rac­ing in Aus­tralia on Ip­swich Cup Day.

There are plenty of clubs in South East Queens­land com­pet­ing for the crowds and glam­our that de­fine the Win­ter Rac­ing Car­ni­val but none can com­pete with the mighty Ip­swich Cup crowd of over 20,000 year af­ter year.

The com­mu­nity sup­port for the event is un­matched in Queens­land and Ip­swich Cup Day con­tin­u­ously fea­tures in the top 20 race day at­ten­dances in Aus­tralia.

The pop­u­lar­ity of the day is not con­fined to par­ty­go­ers ei­ther. This year, we had 206 horses from across Aus­tralia and around the world nom­i­nated by some of Aus­tralia’s lead­ing train­ers to com­pete for al­most $1 mil­lion in prize­money on of­fer.

The Ip­swich Turf Club is about to un­dergo a $13 mil­lion trans­for­ma­tion into a mod­ern rac­ing and func­tion cen­tre that will not only pro­vide state-ofthe-art fa­cil­i­ties for mem­bers and guests on race days but also a con­fer­ence, func­tion and en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre which can be uti­lized by the Ip­swich com­mu­nity all year round.

Af­ter years of prom­ises, pub­lic an­nounce­ments and many false starts, work will fi­nally com­mence af­ter this year’s Cup to de­mol­ish a num­ber of build­ings, bars and race day stalls that are well be­yond their func­tional use by dates. These works will be closely fol­lowed by the con­struc­tion of new fa­cil­i­ties that will be fin­ished for next year’s Cup.

Whilst these ex­cit­ing and trans­for­ma­tional changes will pave the way for a se­cure fu­ture for the club for gen­er­a­tions to come, we are mind­ful of the won­der­ful his­tory and hard work that has pre­ceded us.

As our long his­tory has taught us, noth­ing comes easy for Ip­swich, which is why tenac­ity is one of our com­mu­nity’s most recog­nised traits.

In recog­ni­tion of that proud his­tory we have re­cently

‘‘ AS OUR LONG HIS­TORY HAS TAUGHT US, NOTH­ING COMES EASY FOR IP­SWICH, WHICH IS WHY TENAC­ITY IS ONE OF OUR COM­MU­NITY’S MOST RECOG­NISED TRAITS

WAYNE PATCH

opened our Rac­ing Mu­seum on course. I would en­cour­age you to have a wan­der through when you are at the track.

Per­fect weather, ex­cit­ing qual­ity rac­ing and great ca­ma­raderie. Those are the el­e­ments that de­fine Ip­swich Cup Day and 2018 is set to be a clas­sic ex­am­ple.

Thanks for your con­tin­ued sup­port.

There are plenty of win­ners in the form guide so happy punt­ing and good luck.

Ip­swich Turf Club chair­man Wayne Patch.

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