Damp Turf at Eagle Farm Alarms Trainers Gollan and Munce
After a damp autumn carnival in Sydney, of such severity that it took two attempts to have Randwick successfully run one Group 1 Sydney Cup, trainers have been naturally wary of track conditions, lest one of their charges stick a foot in the turf, only to have it stay there, posing a bonafide risk of severe injury.
Now than Randwick has been left to recover, at least in terms of major racing, it is now courses in Queensland, specifically Eagle Farm, where heavy conditions have trainers suggesting that the recent remodel did not sufficiently address the need for proper drainage.
During March, an attempt was made to rehabilitate Eagle Farm, but when the likes of Chris Munce and Tony Gollan saw soggy surfaces leading up to Group 2 and 3 races this weekend, they expressed doubts that Eagle Farm is capable of withstanding a massive assault of thundering thoroughbred hooves.
The end of May is cause for concern as well. May 27 is perhaps the biggest day of the year for Eagle Farm, with the Group 1 Brisbane Turf Club Cup, the Group 2 Queensland Turf Club Sires Produce Stakes and five Group 3 races on the meeting card.
Aside from the obvious issue of injury, many trainers feel, and statistics would seem to support them, which is that most horses do not fare well on heavy tracks, making for a less satisfying racing experience for everyone.