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RQ statement on Ipswich Turf Club

Racing Queensland has requested further remediation to the Ipswich Turf Club following today’s latest abandonment.

With Ipswich scheduled to race again on Wednesday, immediate plugging to the bare areas with healthy turf will be carried out.

Critical repair work of the collector drain to the inside of the course proper will also be conducted.

 A 16-day break is scheduled at Ipswich following Wednesday’s meeting.

“We know the industry is frustrated with what is conspiring at Bundamba and we know action is required,” Racing Queensland Chief Executive Officer Brendan Parnell said.

“The outage of Eagle Farm has contributed to the strain placed on our others track in south-east Queensland and Ipswich is a by-product of that closure.

“Ideally, a full renovation is required at Ipswich, however, this is neither planned nor budgeted.

“Moving forward, we will mandate course renovation closures for our TAB clubs and a January window has been identified for Ipswich in 2020.

“In the meantime, we have also requested Ipswich to reduce their watering but we need a long-term solution.”

A further track inspection will be conducted on Monday ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled meeting.