Spotlight on double action

Ipswich is hosting two 10-race programs over the long weekend, featuring the $45,000 Ipswich Festival Cup and $150,000 2YO Plate.
Ipswich is hosting two 10-race programs over the long weekend, featuring the $45,000 Ipswich Festival Cup and $150,000 2YO Plate. File

THE Ipswich Turf Club committee has attracted national attention for the city through record-breaking Ipswich Cup meetings over the years.

However, two race meetings over the Labour Day long weekend are putting a positive new spotlight on Ipswich, away from the city's social day of the year.

More than 500 nominations for Ipswich meetings tomorrow and on Monday have created 10-race cards for both days at Bundamba.

"I asked the programmers down at Racing Queensland," delighted Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching said. "They can't remember the last 10-race card anywhere in Queensland. And we've got two in three days. It's resounding (support) from the South East Queensland trainers for racing in Ipswich."

Loyal Ipswichian Kitching said having two 10-race cards had far wider significance for the city.

Tomorrow's program helps put more focus on the Ipswich Festival, featuring a $45,000 Cup race over 1666m at 3.35pm.

Tomorrow's meeting also includes the annual Ipswich One Mile Gift Raceday where three handicap foot races will be staged on a sand track inside the Ipswich Turf Club gallop track.

The open race, offering $5000 in prizemoney, has attracted some of the best middle distance athletes in the country - see story page 34.

With support from the Queensland Athletics League, Queensland Athletics and Stockland, the annual foot races have grown in quality since 2006.

Tomorrow's meeting has added appeal, being a fundraiser for the St Edmund's College Foundation and being supported by the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and Ipswich City Council. "From the community point of view, we've aimed to be involved with the festival however we can," Kitching said.

"What we've done is put on the Festival Cup and it's been going since 2006. What that does for the Ipswich Festival is to give Australia-wide media television coverage through Sky Channel and the press as well. It's a fundraiser for the College, the foot racing and letting Australia know the Ipswich Festival is on."

Monday's annual Labour Day meeting includes the $150,000 two-year-old plate (1100m), previously won by quality horses as Buffering.

The Labour Day meeting is a free family day, organised by the union movement. "It is the biggest race meeting in Australia on Monday," Kitching said.

Total prizemoney for both race days is more than $450,000.

"That's just astounding really," Kitching said.

Tomorrow's first Ipswich race starts at 10.50am. Fields and form in tomorrow's QT.

Topics:  ipswich cup ipswich turf club

Man avoids jail following meat cleaver incident

A Coast pensioner has been refused bail after being charged with drug trafficking.

Court heard he brandished knives and threatened to kill neighbours

Workers have a win

WHAT NEXT: Federal Member for Agriculture Joel Fitzgibbon, AMIEU representatives Warren Earle and Matt Journeaux and Member for Blair Shayne Neumann discuss the future of JBS workers.

JBS workers have had an increase in shifts

Gallery: The price of school formal glamour

Kimberley Brown wearing a formal dress from Von's Gorgeous Gowns with her mum Michelle Brown.

The glitz, glamour and expense of school formals

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

Range of antiques on display today

The Ipswich Antiques and Collectables Fair at the Ipswich Showgrounds.

The fair features sellers from across Queensland and NSW

Where to trick or treat in Ipswich this Halloween

Plenty of kids will be dressing up again this year.

HERE are some of the streets ready to celebrate

Things to do this weekend

ON STAGE: Dragon play the Ipswich Civic Centre tonight.

See an Oz rock icon, take in a play, or visit a musuem

OUR SAY: Why musicians should be called 'tradies'

Should bands be paid every time they play? Journalist and musician Tom Gillespie thinks so.

We need to change the way we think about musicians.

The Kardashian sex tape has gone virtual reality

Vivid make Kim Kardashian West sex tape a virtual reality experience

Mariah Carey and James Packer discussing relationship

Mariah Carey and James Packer are discussing how to work things out

January Jones: Take time away from your phone

January Jones needs time away from her phone

Mel C won't return to Spice Girls for daughter

MEL C is adamant she won't reunite with the Spice Girls

60's British rock legends to return to Australia

The Troggs will play a string of dates across Australia in November.  Photo Contributed

We all remember 'Wild Thing' and now you can hear it live.

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Is Woolworths departure good news for Ipswich CBD?

Artist impression of the Ipswich Mall for the rejuvenation project to be undertaken by Ipswich City Properties

Council is on track to release a detailed plan before December

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!