Coaches insist Gold Coast rink should be shut down earlier than Magic Thousands and thousands

Trainers questioned Gold Coast’s suitability to host Saturday’s Recognition Stakes assembly, saying the well-known monitor must be protected forward of January’s Magic Thousands and thousands carnival.

Hosts Tattersalls Racing Membership selected to maneuver it to the Gold Coast from Doomben this yr after a falling out with Brisbane Racing Membership.

Nonetheless, the floor has not too long ago come underneath hearth after a big interval of racing on rain-affected terrain through the spring.

Additional Magnification points are ongoing work across the rail because of the implementation of an inside cushion rail, which is because of be completed subsequent month.


The work nonetheless has had a big impression on the scale and limits of the sphere, with solely 10 horses allowed to start out on the 1700m and 1100m positions, whereas 12 are allowed to start out from different chutes.

He left a sequence of hard-earned emergencies within the operating.

Head coach Tony Gollan mentioned he was a supporter of racing on the Gold Coast however known as for robust management from Racing Queensland on the matter.

“Sadly not predicting that is all the way down to Racing Queensland’s lack of management,” mentioned Gollan.

“I like racing on the Gold Coast and can proceed to ship horses there however I do not suppose we would have liked this stress as it would maintain sufficient earlier than the massive day.

“I believe it is a bit unfair to prepare such a vital assembly for our summer season carnival on a monitor which is clearly in hassle with the continued works.

“I’m actually trying ahead to the Magic Thousands and thousands and the Gold Coast is Magic Thousands and thousands so I’ve no points there however I really feel that in the mean time managing this metropolitan fixture with tight subject sizes on a struggling monitor is placing the membership underneath great stress.”

Monitor guru Navesh Ramdhani has been tasked with overseeing the Gold Coast’s redevelopment, which can see the grass monitor ripped up after the Magic Thousands and thousands and Gollan believes the floor must be sped up sparingly forward of the occasion.

“I really feel like we might have averted it, we might have let Navesh and the group have their very own plan for Magic Thousands and thousands week,” he mentioned.

“I do not suppose they wanted this assembly, there are big sized fields that wanted to be restricted because of the nature of what is taking place with the infield monitor… I do not suppose it is as much as Metro racing at this level in instances.”

The Australian Trainers’ Affiliation mentioned the scarcity of normal metropolitan tracks in south-east Queensland will likely be highlighted once more as soon as the Gold Coast is closed subsequent yr.

“The ATA has raised the problem over the past 5 years that SEQ is not less than a decrease high quality grass monitor than what is required right here,” Queensland consultant Cameron Partington mentioned.

“This was highlighted as Eagle Farm had its personal considerations which then put additional stress on our different tube monitor choices resembling Doomben, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich.

“The unprecedented rainfall this yr has undoubtedly contributed enormously to the considerations on our slopes. The Gold Coast has been a supporter of Queensland racing and it’s a disgrace the monitor has not been given the chance for a respite at a time when it was most wanted.”

Initially Posted as ‘May Have Prevented It’: Coaches Insist Gold Coast Monitor Should Be Shut Down Earlier than Magic Thousands and thousands