The fast-drying Eagle Farm would likely handle the deluge of rain set to fall in Brisbane over the coming week, while across the road in Doomben it’s less likely.
A horror forecast for Brisbane has race officials looking skyward ahead of the $10,000-1million Doomben next weekend, with a huge deluge of rain set to hit Brisbane.
With record rainfall in May expected throughout the week, the possibility of moving the meeting across the road from Doomben to Eagle Farm has been mooted.
The controversial track is often lashed out for its firmness, but it’s known for its quick-drying ability, making it the perfect spot if Doomben gets to a point where it’s deemed unsafe to run.
Although a call was not made until later in the week, the idea gained momentum over the weekend but Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell said he was “too premature” to consider moving the meeting for the time being.
He did not rule out the prospect, however.
“The forecast is for wide range rainfall,” he said, with between 100mm and 200mm expected to fall around Brisbane.
“We can sit down with the (Brisbane Racing Club) and work our way there.
“If the BRC and we thought it was working, if Doomben got to a point where he wasn’t sure, we could (talk about it.)
“At the moment it’s the Doomben 10,000 and we would like to keep it. It’s flowing well there too.
“Predictions are one thing, but as we have seen (at the Gold Coast) it may actually turn out to be correct. Two days ago it was expected to rain a lot and we ran.
Racing Queensland and Brisbane Racing Club moved an entire card from Brisbane to Toowoomba in March, with Doomben hammered by wet weather.
Parnell ruled out the prospect of postponing the meeting for a week, saying too much has already been set up around the current winter carnival model.
“The difficulty is the pattern when you back things off you might be able to go for a day or two but you want to keep the two weeks in the Kingsford Smith you have million dollar racehorses in the works “, did he declare. also pointing to support races such as the Rough Habit Plate.
With three consecutive meetings coming to Eagle Farm from May 28, including the iconic Stradbroke Handicap, it is understood that Saturday’s Doomben 10,000 meeting is the only one that could be moved across the road , with a reluctance to hold four consecutive meetings at the controversial Eagle Farm.
Originally published as Horror Predictions increase the possibility of moving Doomben 10,000 to Eagle Farm