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MORE TROUBLE WITH EAGLE FARM TRACK

The Eagle Farm track could be heading back to the drawing board after a group of local trainers met to discuss the state of the track and the potential for ripping it up once again after the BRC refused to take track management back from Racing Queensland

Eagle Farm Racecourse

Issues continue to plague the surface at Eagle Farm Racecourse after a Wednesday meeting saw 47 runners across 6 races and what seemed to be an embarrassment progressed into a significant issue.

As an example of how limited the turn out was to run on the rock hard Farm surface a Saturday meeting at Gympie on the sand had drawn in 56 starters across a 6 race card.

After the poor showing on Wednesday a group of trainers met behind close doors to discuss options as well as the possibility of pushing for Eagle Farm to be ripped up and relayed for a third time. 

The Eagle Farm course did manage to limp through the Winter Carnival and was able to give a strong showing on Stradbroke day when Tofane won the Stradbroke Handicap however things have not been pretty since. 

With support from a number of Sydney trainers as well, a crisis meeting is likely as early as next week with trainers and industry stakeholders likely to happen with the Brisbane Racing Club and Racing Queensland to discuss possible solutions.

It is understood that as part of investigations by News Corp, if the track was to be ripped up it wouldn’t be until after the next Winter Carnival due to the cost and time required to grow enough grass suitable for the track.

If the track was to be ripped up for a third time it is likely that the Gold Coast would pick up more of the Queensland Racing schedule and the Doomben track track to host a larger portion as well. 

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