CROWD-PLEASING DUEL: The battle is on down the home straight in Saturday's 2018 Ipswich Cup at the Ipswich Turf Club.
CROWD-PLEASING DUEL: The battle is on down the home straight in Saturday's 2018 Ipswich Cup at the Ipswich Turf Club. Franca Tigani

Cup Day keeps Ipswich racing ahead

PERFECT weather, a huge crowd, a quality racing surface and strong fields combined to ensure a terrific Ipswich Cup Day at the Ipswich Racetrack on Saturday.

The community of Ipswich again displayed excellent behaviour in another show of spirit and pride in our city.

Queensland Police Service again confirmed a minimum of incidents with just two arrests across the course on the day.

Premiership leading trainer Tony Gollan collected a double of wins to claim training honours with Of The Day and I'm a Ripper in the Eye Liner Stakes.

Gollan secured his second Eye Liner scalp after Alma's Fury won a few years ago. He is well placed to collect his fourth consecutive Ipswich Premiership.

Top-class visitors

THERE were former Melbourne Cup winning trainers and jockeys in the mix at Saturday's meeting.

Corey Brown, who has collected two Melbourne Cups with Rekindling last year and Shocking in 2009, had a win early in the day aboard Matt Dunn's Zamex.

Chris Munce, who won the 1998 Melbourne Cup with Jezabeel, then just missed with his stable entrant First Crush in the Ipswich Cup.

However the winner of the Ipswich Cup, the Dean Yendall ridden Tradesman is trained by another Melbourne Cup winner Darren Weir, who won with Prince of Penzance in 2015.

Sheila Laxon was another former Melbourne Cup winning trainer to collect a win on Saturday as I Feel Good won the QT Stayers Cup with Micheal Hellyer aboard.

Huge effort

A TERRIFIC Ipswich Cup Day event was the culmination of a great deal of effort from the management and staff of the Ipswich Turf Club.

Track supervisor Sean Tou and his team produced a tremendous racing surface for Cup Day.

Highly positive feedback came from a number of stakeholders, including one Brisbane jockey who tweeted that the track was the best produced for the entire Winter Carnival.

Operations manager Steve Harling and Maintenance supervisor Chris Wallace combined to produce superb results in setting up the massive logistical operation required for the event.

This dedicated duo have the logistical set-up under control after a number of years of experience in preparing for Cup Day.

Recent addition to the ITC team Claire Power has ensured that communications of Cup Day racing and event information has been readily available.

Claire has overseen the sales of tickets with Becky Gifford.

The combined efforts of each of these staff members has resulted in a well planned and smooth running Ipswich Cup Day event.

Jake's third

HE was not in the winner's stall on Saturday however a third in the Eye Liner Stakes aboard Privlaka was a continuation of Bayliss family success on Ipswich Cup Day.

Jake missed out in the Cup and the Gai Waterhouse. But he still yearns to collect a big Ipswich scalp like his father Jamie, who was watching on, did in 1989 with Dixie Kid.

Next meeting

After the 2018 edition of Ipswich Cup Day, the Ipswich Turf Club reverts back to midweek racing on Wednesday. Then it's Friday racing next week to complete the program at Ipswich for the financial year, and a further four meetings in July to complete the current season.