Eagle Farm Sloppy Mess for Biggest Day of Queensland Racing
Not all the reviews regarding the newly renovated Eagle Farm racecourse in Brisbane were universally glowing. In fact, there was some grumbling in the ranks amongst observers who felt that the decision by the course curator to water the turf two days before the rollout, even though ankle-deep precipitation fell during the week, was a disastrously conceived idea.
Jockeys reported that as the meeting went on, the turf felt like quicksand, which was unfortunate, since the last part of the meeting was when the big Group 1 races were run.
The track was rated at Good 4 to begin with, but by the time the last four races jumped, anyone present would have had to admit that it seemed more like a rating of heavy or slow would have been apropos.
There were also some restless natives who felt that the race times were inaccurate to a substantial degree.
The most obvious indicator of things gone awry was fields were spread so widely that some horses may still be trying to cover the ground. In the key sprint of the day, the Stradbroke Handicap, only two horses were within 7.5 lengths of the winner and in the Queensland Derby, it was just three within seven.