Sheree Thornton, Tiffany Spurrier and Lexus Manning at the One Mile Gift Raceday fundrasier for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and St Edmund’s College Foundation.
Sheree Thornton, Tiffany Spurrier and Lexus Manning at the One Mile Gift Raceday fundrasier for the Ipswich Hospital Foundation and St Edmund’s College Foundation. Claudia Baxter

Cracker start to race meet

FINE weather and the pounding of feet rather than hoofs on the Ipswich Turf Club track attracted the punting masses to Saturday's race meet.

Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching said the crowd of more than 1300 attending the 10-race program was a good start to the club's biggest weekend of the year.

One of Saturday's main attractions was the One Mile Gift - a crowd favourite, Mr Kitching said.

"It's a huge weekend for the club. These are our two biggest meetings for the year, outside of the Ipswich Cup," he said.

"We were happy with the crowd. That's what we would normally get for that sort of day."

A crowd of more than 4000 is expected for today's Labour Day meeting, which doubles as a family fun day.

The meet will have the highest amount of prizemoney on offer for any meet in the country - more than what will be on offer at the Alice Springs Cup.

Mr Kitching expects today's meet to be another cracker, with the weekend's fine weather predicted to continue.

The gates open at 10.30am, with the first race from 11.02am.

For more on the One Mile Gift, check out the sports pages for extended coverage.



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