Doomben Shining for Last Big Meetings of 2017 – 2018
The grass may be greener at Eagle Farm after three straight Saturdays of racing has tested the turf at Doomben, but the reason for the greenness of the Eagle farm turf is due to poor drainage, to the extent that the track is still out of action and it is anyone’s guess when it will be ready to resume racing.
Everybody was keeping an eye on the sky, aware that if it rained in Brisbane, the Doomben course might take on an uncanny resemblance to the Pimlico course in Maryland, where the horses in the Grad 1 Preakness Stakes were knee deep in the dirt track mud.
The weather for this winter carnival in Brisbane, however, has cooperated, so the two big Group 1 races of the weekend coming, the Kingsford-Smith Cup (BTC Cup 1300 m) and the Queensland Oaks (2200 m) should fare just fine.
Doomben was rated soft six for the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 earlier in May, but fair weather has seen it improve to good four for the big meeting on Saturday.
The weathermen, those infallible prognosticators of all things meteorological, forecast little or no rain over the coming days, unlike some winter carnivals in the past, where the Sunshine State marketing moniker of Queensland was stretched to the bounds of credulity.
After Saturday, the track will get some time to recuperate ahead of the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350 m) on June 9.
Doomben will be busy until near the end of June, bearing the load of the races that had to be moved from Eagle Farm.
Upcoming highlights include the Group 1 Queensland Derby and the Group 1 Winter Stakes as the conclusion of the 2017 – 2018 Australian thoroughbred racing season winds down, with it being nearly a month until the Group 1 Warwick Stakes (1400 m) at Randwick inaugurates Group 1 racing for 2018 – 2019.