Ipswich race: proud club history highlighted as future track declared positive

The Ipswich Turf Club recorded an operating profit despite the high level of disruption to the club’s business over the past year.

Claire Power
The Ipswich Turf Club recorded an operating profit despite the high level of disruption to the club’s business over the past year.

However, according to ITC President Wayne Patch, who presented members with his 20th annual report, the community is far from enjoying the trade freedoms we have been accustomed to.

“While 2020 was certainly an amazing year, it looks like in many ways the new life we’ve moved to has become the new normal at least for the foreseeable future,” Patch said.

“However, despite these ongoing operational challenges, the club still managed to generate an operating surplus for the year.

“There is no doubt that the return of our key event, the Ipswich Cup, was once again the main driver of this result.

President Patch reminded members that the inconsistency in the allocation of race days to ITC significantly hinders its ability to market races and improve the use of club facilities.

“This is having a negative impact on a wide range of racing, sponsorship and financial opportunities for the club,” said Patch.

“All other SEQ running clubs are assigned more than 90% of their race dates one or two regular days a week throughout the year, while ITC is assigned an inconsistent assortment of dates spread. over five days, ”Patch said. .

Patch said the club’s future has never been brighter.

“Our venue is no longer just recognized as the Ipswich Turf Club, it is now also the Ipswich Events and Entertainment Center, offering the city new opportunities to host exhibitions, conferences and galas on an impossible scale. before, ”Patch said.

“We have a proud history, a viable plan for the future, with a racing product and a site like no other.”

History in the making

Bettors from Ipswich may have witnessed history today with two winning siblings and both coached by Stables Steven O’Dea and Matthew Hoysted and ridden by Baylee Nothdurft.

Better Get Set and Thatfeelsbetter are both from Better Than Ready and Ridolfi, a Fastnet Rock mare.

Four-year-old Better Get Set looked like a winner.

The mare recorded an easy two-and-a-half-length victory ahead of Benchmark 68 handicap 1200m fillies and mares, ridden by former Ipswich apprentice Nothdurft.

She was certainly the favorite with punters at $ 1.13 for the win.

The combination then continued with a victory in the three-year-old QTIS 1,200m with the talented three-year-old Thatfeelsbetter.

Raising awareness about mental health

The Ipswich Turf Club has designated October as Mental Health Awareness Month, with the team planning a plethora of activities.

The club will support the This Is A Conversation Starter (TIACS) foundation throughout the campaign in hopes of raising awareness and raising funds.

TIACS connects individuals, especially blue collar workers, with free qualified counseling services.

Throughout the month, the ITC team will don the brightly colored This Is A Conversation Starter shirts developed by TIACS parent company TradeMutt to help start discussions.

The campaign will conclude with the This Is A Conversation Starter race day on Wednesday, October 27.

Tickets cost $ 70 per person and $ 10 goes directly to the TIACS Foundation.

Visit www.ipswichturfclub.com.au for more information.