- Track name: Ipswich
- Address: Show Grounds, 81 Warwick Road Ipswich Qld 4305
- Phone: (07) 3202 2977
- Fax: (07) 3202 2510
- Racing Distances: 431m, 520m, 630m, 732m.
- Track records:
- 431m – 24.64 – Jetta’s Girl – Tuesday, September 24, 2013
- 520m – 30.01 – Queen Lauryn – Friday, July 4, 2008
- 630m – 36.90 – Hougenie – Saturday, September 5, 2015
- 732m – 42.56 – Wag Tail – Saturday, June 28, 2014
- Monday – Bookings are taken from 9:00am Friday prior, with trials commencing at 7:45am.
- Wednesday – Bookings are taken from 9:00am Monday prior, with booked trials held between 4:30pm and 7:30pm. Unbooked and field trials are held after, with trainers expected to arrive at 7:15pm and place their name on the board. Tickets must be purchased prior to 7:30pm.
- Thursday – Bookings are taken from 9:00am Monday prior, with booked trials held between 7:00am and 10:00am.
- Trainers are advised to wear close in footwear on the track.
- Cost – Solo trials: Members $7.00, Non-members $12
- Additional dog in trial: Members $3.00, Non-members $4.00
- Field trials: Members $5.00, Non-members $7.00
Ipswich – history
The Ipswich course would currently rank as the second most important in Queensland. Racing is conducted on a two-turn loam track at the Ipswich Showgrounds over distances of 431, 520, 630, and 732 metres.
There were also 288 and 875 metres distances.
The first meeting in Ipswich was held on the Bundamba racecourse behind a mechanical hare on April 9 1928 and conducted by the Greyhound Coursing Association. Ten races were run over ‘about’ 500 yards (457 metres). A whippet race over 220 yards and a goat race over 440 yards completed that first race meeting.
When the Queensland government banned mechanical hare racing, ‘speed coursing’ was introduced. This consisted of ‘trained’ hares being used as the lure instead of a mechanical device. The Ipswich greyhound participants transferred their race meetings to a course built at the Brassall Coursing Club in Brassall, with the first meeting held in December 1928. Racing was held over 300 yards on this track until the end of the 1940s.
At some point a lure was permitted for use, although it had to be pulled by a horse. Records suggest the first Ipswich meeting behind what was termed ‘the dummy hare’ took place at Brassall on March 12 1951.
Late in 1954 the Queensland government passed a bill which permitted the re-introduction of mechanical lures on Queensland racetracks.
Around 1973 a new track was built at the Showgrounds and greyhound racing has been conducted here ever since.
Group races at Ipswich
- Group 2
Vince Curry Memorial Maiden (520 metres)
Ipswich Auction Series (520 metres)
- Group 3
City Of Ipswich Gold Cup (520 metres)