Record tipped at Labour Day races
ONE of the biggest race days of the past 30 years will gallop into action at Ipswich Turf Club on Monday.
Organisers are tipping a record crowd of more than 4000 people at the annual Labour Day Family Race Day.
Sponsored by the Queensland union movement, the day will include free entry, rides, face painting and fairy floss.
Turf club general manager Brett Kitching said the Bundamba venue received more than 200 nominations across eight races.
“It’s very rare to get more than 200 nominations for a race day; to get 207 is just enormous,” he said.
“We’re looking at 4000 people. We got 3000 last year, up from 1600 the year before, so it’s growing very well.
“It’s quickly become our biggest day apart from Ipswich Cup day, and this year will be the biggest day in 20 or 30 years in terms of overall attendance.”
Mr Kitching said highlights on the track included the $150,000 CFMEU Mining and Energy two-year-old Plate.
“That’s huge money, and although it’s a race for two-year-olds and we don’t know a lot about them. I’m sure there will be some real stars of the future to come out of it,” he said.
CFMEU spokesman Andrew Vickers said the day continued to go from strength to strength since its launch in 2007.
“The quality of galloper, quantity of runners and number of patrons attending continue to grow for the day now into the fourth year,” he said.
“The family day at the races concept continues to appeal to a growing number of families.”
State Member for Bundamba Jo-Ann Miller said she was thrilled to be involved.
“Thanks to Queensland Racing, the Ipswich Turf Club and all others for making this day bigger than Ben Hur,” she said.
Gates and fairgrounds open at 10am, with the first race at 12.12pm and the last at 4.30pm.
For more information, visit www.ipswichturfclub.com.au.