Record numbers expected for Ipswich Cup field
A STRONG field is all but guaranteed for this year's Ipswich Cup with more than 200 nominations received for Saturday's huge day of horse racing.
With massive renovations looming for the Bundamba facility, Ipswich Turf Club general manager Brett Kitching believes the $13m funding announcement helped deliver the strong turnout in interest.
"We've had 204 nominations including international horses and trainers from all over Australia,” Kitching said.
"It's the highest number of nominations we've ever had and I think the announcement last week about the new funding may have put Ipswich in the spotlight.
"The news went right through the industry and Racing Queensland have people ready to hit the ground running as soon as the Ipswich Cup is over.
"Some of the buildings here have been around since the beginning so you could say we are changing 120 years of history.”
Dubai stable Godolphin will bring four runners, with champion trainer Gai Waterhouse chasing her third Ipswich Cup victory with four-year-old Sort After.
Despite the recent rain, Kitching said the conditions should clear ahead of Saturday's big day.
"The rain isn't ideal,” he said. "We are at a heavy 10 at the moment but we are still hoping to get down into the soft range in time for Saturday.”