Double dose of racing in Ipswich

IPSWICH has the unusual situation of conducting two race meetings this week due to the postponement of last Friday's program.

The first of these meetings is today followed by Friday's scheduled program.

Last Friday's racing at Bundamba was the second meeting to be cancelled in two weeks following 210 millimetres of rain up to early Friday morning.

Ipswich racetrack had gone almost two years without losing a meeting prior to losing two meetings over the past two weeks.

However, running the meeting today means that it has been postponed and not abandoned.

This action was taken after consultation between Racing Queensland, QRIC and the Ipswich Turf Club to retain the meeting that appeared lost.

This decision is a commendable move by Racing Queensland to ensure that benefits to the industry such as prizemoney and jockey opportunities were not lost altogether.

Due to the weather interruptions, there is a large card of racing with unusually eight races programmed for a Tuesday program.

After today's meeting, the track staff have just two days to patch the track and move the rail to prepare for another meeting on Friday.

A whopping 138 nominations have been received for that meeting.

Stunning Chautauqua

THE first week of the Sydney Championships was contested on Saturday and the big story was the magnificent win of Chautauqua from the Hawkes stable in the Group 1 TJ Smith.

It was the sixth Group 1 win for Chautauqua, who is the reigning world champion sprinter.

The six-year-old grey became the only galloper to have won at all three championships after collecting his third TJ Smith with a similarly scintillating finishing burst.

After seemingly being in an impossible position last at the 200 metre mark and without a clear run, jockey Tommy Berry urged Chautuaqua.

The sprinter motored when clear, making up 10 lengths and passing the entire field over 200 metres with five of those lengths made up on leader English in the final 100 metres.

The finish of this top class sprinter against a top class field was amazingly awesome in the richest sprint in Australia.

Other Group 1 winners at Randwick included New Zealander Jon Snow in the Derby, and $40 shot Its Somewhat in the Doncaster Mile.

After the heroics of Winx, Jameka, and Chautauqua over the past few weeks in Sydney, the scene is set for another galloping display from Winx this weekend in the $4 million Queen Elizabeth 2 Stakes on the final day of the Championships.

Four Group 1 races are being staged on Saturday at Randwick, featuring the Queen Elizabeth, Oaks, Sydney Cup and Queen of the Turf.

Next meeting

No racing has been run at Ipswich since March 10 due to the washout and a week off.

The postponed meeting is on today, followed by Friday's program.

Only two further race meetings are programmed for April due to Easter. They are Wednesdays, April 19 and 26.

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