Doomben Could Use a Spell of that there is no Doubt
Our suggestion for alleviating the controversy over the two main Queensland tracks, Doomben and Eagle Farm, would be to convert them both to dirt tracks.
All the big races in Ameriker are run on dirt. Anyone who watched this year’s Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, where torrential rains did nothing to halt the racing, knows that trying to keep turf in golf course putting surface conditions in order to be pounded by thousands of thoroughbred hooves is a futile pursuit. Hell might prevent racing from being held at Churchill Downs, Pimlico or Belmont (New York), but high water does not.
Alternatively, keep the course proper for racing only, but even that has proved an insurmountable challenge in Queensland, where Eagle Farm has been out of action forever and is not expected to be fit before December.
Doomben is wilting under the load, as was clearly evidenced last meeting when racing had to be halted to move the rail.
We have tried to grow a little patch of turf from time to time, only to discover that the very thing that brings it to life, water, is the same thing that kills it. We gave up when we grew weary of standing at the window in preparation to go outside to yell, “You kids get off my lawn!”
Of course, BRC officials are going to declare Doomben safe to run on, but ask yourself this question: If it is so safe, where is Winx? She could use an outing after lounging about for the past month and a half. The Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350 m) seems as though it would be low hanging fruit for her. True, the Stradbroke is run under open handicap conditions, but you could strap a piano to her and she would have no trouble dealing with the likes of Champagne Cuddles or Impending.
By the way, we like Impending, not as a bet, but as the name for a future race, perhaps the Impending Doomben Stakes, or something.