Forecast of Doom for Doomben has BRC Scrambling to Save Track
Despite several assurances that the surface of Doomben Racecourse would be in adequate shape for Stradbroke Handicap Day, it seems as though the Brisbane Racing Club is trying to do more to firm the track.
BRC approached Racing Queensland in the attempt to reschedule one of the nine races of the meeting and has also applied to move a midweek meeting to further improve the prospects of Doomben surviving the winter and give fans and participants a quality racing experience.
BRC issued a statement, which in part read, “With the prospect of showers late this week ahead of UBET Stradbroke Day, the Brisbane Racing Club has requested program changes to ensure Doomben is in the best shape possible for June’s two Group 1 meetings.The BRC has asked Racing Queensland to transfer the midweek meeting on Wednesday 13 June and one race – the $125,000 Listed Daybreak Lover for three-year-olds – from Doomben on Saturday June 9 to the Sunshine Coast on the following day. Racing Queensland has agreed to the request.”
With all the mess at Eagle Farm, which is still unusable after a two-year renovation that was intended to alleviate a situation, rather than exacerbate it, Queensland Racing can ill afford any more soggy track rorts.
UBET Stradbroke Day features the Group 1s and three Group 2s and is the marquee meeting of the winter carnival.
In a world where people are often told to pray for rain, it seems as though those prayers have been answered, but it was something other than prayers being answered when the rain came down on Doomben, which was already struggling under the weight of trying to stage its own races and those of Eagle Farm.
The horse with the biggest risk is Le Romain. The veteran will carry top weight in the Stradbroke and the last thing anyone wants to see is a legend buried up to his belly in mud.