Jockey Tegan Harrison displayed her riding ability with three winners at last Friday's Ipswich meeting.
Jockey Tegan Harrison displayed her riding ability with three winners at last Friday's Ipswich meeting. Rob Williams

Valuable insights for turf club

THE 37th Asian Racing Conference was held in Seoul last week and there were some positive insights delivered into thoroughbred racing.

Importantly, the point was made that Asia is the strongly emerging region of the world as we enter the so called "Asian Century”.

Racing authorities in the Asian region were invited to capitalise on this growth and to make the most of the growing entertainment and leisure needs as the region strengthens financially and the population has a greater appetite for entertainment experiences.

After declines in worldwide wagering at the start of the millennium, changes in racing operations have led to increasing wagering results across the world of around 6% per annum.

These statistics and insights are highly relevant to the Ipswich Turf Club.

Wagering turnover on Ipswich racing has increased by around 10% per annum over the past couple of years.

Also, the ITC long ago recognised the importance of racing as a part of the entertainment and leisure sector. The facility being offered is vital and the newly developed ITC will provide great opportunity in this area going forward.

The soon to be built Members Lounge which will double as an Ipswich Events Centre places Ipswich Turf Club in the perfect position to capitalise on emerging regional trends.

There were a number of other informative topics such as approaches to diversity, including recognition of the importance of females in racing, as well as the importance of upholding integrity as corruption more so than ever can destroy a sport.

Finally, the importance of a holistic approach to race track management, including clear goals and measurement of performance, was discussed. This topic was discussed by a number of panellists including Hong Kong track director John Ridley.

While the ITC has modernised the approach to track management in recent times, there were a number of useful insights delivered on this topic.

Tegan's timely treble

FORMER Ipswich Premier Apprentice Tegan Harrison collected a winning treble on Friday at Ipswich soon after the opening of the Ipswich Racing Museum.

This was appropriate as Harrison features in the museum having been the first female to win an Ipswich Cup in 2014 aboard Brave Ali.

The winning treble was aboard gallopers for three different trainers. She won riding Adoradiva for Barry Lockwood, I Remember You for Bevan Laming, and Ritchford for Marcus Wilson.

On a good 4 rated track with a full eight race card, former Ipswich Premier Trainer Matthew Dunn of Murwillumbah was the most successful trainer with a winning double.

Dunn's winners were Cinnamon Missile, ridden by Jim Byrne, and Aanvoerder ridden by apprentice Clayton Gallagher.

Cup sales strong

THE Ipswich Cup is less than a month off and ticket sales are tracking along strongly.

The individual infield and grandstand marquees have been sold out and there is now just the Corona Infield Marquee to be filled. Currently there are more tickets sold into that area than at the same point last year and interest is hotting up with a great line-up of DJs for entertainment.

The Bundaberg Rum Home Turn Marquee is near enough to being sold out while there are still tickets available in the Pimms Lawn Party and Lazy Bear Hill Party.

Plenty of general admission tickets remain, which will give access to the viewing terrace as well as the "Farewell to the Pig Pen Party” as it has been affectionately known by many.

This will be the final chance to experience this site which has been visited by many over the years on Cup Day. Plans are in place to demolish the old beer garden area soon after the Ipswich Cup.

Next meeting

Only two more meetings are programmed until the Ipswich Cup on June 16. They are on Friday and Wednesday, May 30.

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