Ipswich Cup offers up endless possibilities on and off the track

Ipswich takes centre stage with the annual TAB Ipswich Cup, a highlight of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival. This year’s race boasts a record purse of $250,000, attracting top-tier horses from Australia’s premier racing stables and promising!

Last year it was Regal Lion who delivered the boilover, backing up after finishing second last in its prior race, to rattle home late and beat Desert Icon ahead of London Banker to win the Listed feature.

This was only one memorable moment in the history of the Ipswich Cup, a jewel in the crown of the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.

A highlight to watch this year is when local hoop Jake Bayliss takes his mount in the race, looking to emulate what his father Jamie Bayliss did 35 years ago onboard Dixie Kid.

The surname Bayliss has gone on to grow a strong association to Ipswich horse racing and even further abroad, with Jake and his younger brother Reagan both now quality jockeys, with the latter having captured six Group Ones.

“Ipswich Turf Club is very sentimental to my family. My great grandfather was a life member, and my grandfather and auntie were both well-known clerks there. My old man Jamie Bayliss trained there for over a decade and also won the Ipswich Cup,” 29-year-old Jake Bayliss told Local Ipswich News.

“The Club has a strong meaning to me. That’s where I started my apprenticeship with my father when I was about 15 years old,”

“It’s really where I learnt my craft.”

Over a twelve-year career he has ridden more than 400 winners and cracked $14 million in prize money and taken out three Group Ones in New Zealand along the way: 2018 Sistema Railway onboard Volpe Veloce, 2019 Herbie Dyke Stakes on On the Rocks and Fiber Fresh Breeder Stakes on Nicoletta.

The future ahead is bright for Jake Bayliss and to win an Ipswich Cup would be the pinnacle for him however as it would be a salute in front of his hometown crowd in their marquee race.

“As far as any Group Ones, Brisbane Carnivals or any of that there is nothing that would stand out or mean more to me than the Ipswich Cup,” he said.

“It might not mean a lot to anybody else, but it would mean everything in my eyes.”

The 2024 edition is set to kick it to another level with a record purse of $250,000 on the line, and once again attract the country’s most successful stables with leading local and interstate jockeys competing for a slice of the substantial prizemoney.

Thousands of Queenslanders are preparing to let their hair down and celebrate the biggest social race day of the year and tickets are now on sale!

The huge crowd will be spread across the Ipswich Turf Club site, with marquees running the length of the straight, filled with racegoers enjoying a delightful food and beverage package through the afternoon.

The fun continues well into the night, as the after party has the Ipswich Turf Club forecourt humming.

Don’t miss out! Get your tickets now!

Tickets are now on sale at www.ipswichturfclub.com.au

Fun Facts
•The 1866 Ipswich Cup, won by Jibboom, will be on display throughout June at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

  • The Ipswich Cup is one of the oldest races on the Australian turf, being run just five years after the first running of the Melbourne Cup.
  • Jibboom won his Cup at the third annual race meeting of the Old Turf Club, which was run on May 30, 1866.
  • The Cup was secured by a group of local business people in 2005 for $10,000 and now resides at the Ipswich Art Gallery. It will be displayed throughout June in the upstairs Collections Gallery.
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