Swampy Eagle Farm Declared Off Limits Races Move to Doomben
The situation at the Eagle Farm racecourse has the leaders of the Brisbane Racing Club seeking a remedy, or remedies for the course after prior upgrades were closer to downgrades.
The condition of the track was characterised as embarrassing, to the extent that the last big meeting of the 2016 – 2017 Australian thoroughbred racing calendar was moved to Doomben.
Turf managers have had a rough autumn, while horses that do go under soft and heavy conditions have had a feast.
Neville Bell, the Chairman of the Brisbane Racing Club, went on record that the sorry state of Eagle Farm was not a revelation and that potential fixes for the issues have been under consideration for the past fortnight.
The BRC will seek input for Racing Queensland, but in the final analysis, there is only so much that can be done, given the amount of rain that has fallen. Tracks all over the place took a pounding, with perhaps no better example that the decision to declare the Sydney Cup at Royal Randwick a no result and to reschedule the race.
Cyclical climate fluctuations are nearly impossible to predict. Race fans with a historical perspective may recall a dry spell back in the early 2000s that was so severe that trainer Lee Freedman threatened to hold Makybe Diva out of the 2005 Melbourne Cup if the track was not given some water.
The blame game is in full swing in Brisvegas, with the debacle on Saturday past generating anger of a vast degree, particularly amongst owners who have made large investments of money and time in their stables.
Some of the anger is founded on the belief that track officials knew the sorry state of the surface and held horses off for two weeks in the desperate by futile attempt to drain the swamp.
On balance, the decision to move the June meeting to Doomben appears to be the right one, but someone needs to decide the Question: Who will stop the rain?