Ipswich cup feature should be state's top meet of week

OVER the past 10 years, the City of Ipswich Gold Cup has undergone a few changes.

It's been mainly caused by other clubs scheduling races which clash with the Ipswich feature.

But late October is now firmly entrenched when the top sprinting greyhounds visit Ipswich for the Cup.

On first observations, you wouldn't say that Lismore is geographically near Ipswich. But it's not far over the border into north-west NSW either. The Lismore Cup has also been moved around a few times over the past decade.

Many south-east Queensland trainers like to target the Ipswich and Lismore Cups. And why not?

The tracks are similar, the race distance is 520 metres at each venue, the Ipswich Cup is worth $25,000 to the winner and the Lismore Cup $30,000.

It's pleasing to see there will be no clash this year, although the dates are quite close.

The Ipswich Cup will be run on Wednesday nights October 21 and 28.

The Lismore Cup commences with heats five days later on Sunday, November 1. The final is on Thursday night, November 5.

Lismore normally races on Tuesday nights, but has been granted a Thursday date for its Cup final.

According to the controlling body in NSW, this is aimed at maximising betting turnover, as Thursday is more of a traditional night for betting on greyhound racing than Tuesday.

This brings to mind a matter I have pushed before, but unsuccessfully.

I would like to see the Ipswich club granted, as a “one off,” a Thursday night date for its Cup final.

That would have to mean Albion Park not racing that night, but why not?

Surely for one week of the year out of 52, Ipswich could be the feature Queensland meeting of the week, on the best night for betting turnover.

Bright future

THE effort of Gold Sonata to win at the showgrounds last Tuesday night suggests she has a bright future in long distance events.

Gold Sonata, the short priced favourite, must have been eight lengths off the leaders mid race, but knuckled down to her task to storm home over the concluding stages. She ended up dashing clear to score by four lengths. The winning time of 37.74 seconds was among the quickest lately for 630 metres.

Gold Sonata is raced and trained by Meredith and Darryl Smith. Even though they live at Burpengary, on Brisbane's northern outskirts, they regard Ipswich as their favourite track.

Riches shared

THE spoils were evenly shared from racing at the showgrounds this past week.

From 30 races decided, two trainers landed doubles.

John Pay, of Park Ridge, won with She's Jakes last Friday and with the same greyhound on Tuesday.

Toowoomba's Col Byres had a fruitful trip down the range last Friday, winning with Cool Zinger and Two Four Five.

Today's meet

TEN races are being run in the twilight timeslot at the showgrounds today from 3.47pm.

Our Dogwatch special is the Barry Morris trained Angel Enforcer, drawn box two in race eight at 6.06pm.

Noms closing

A REMINDER nominations close today for the Magical Puppy Auction at the Showgrounds on Sunday, October 11.

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