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 observe 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 12 months after a falling out with Brisbane Racing Membership.

Nevertheless, the floor has not too long ago come underneath hearth after a major interval of racing on rain-affected terrain throughout the spring.

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


The work nevertheless has had a major affect on the dimensions and limits of the sector, 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 collection of hard-earned emergencies within the working.

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

“Sadly not predicting that is right down to Racing Queensland’s lack of management,” stated 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 large day.

“I believe it is a bit unfair to arrange such a essential assembly for our summer time carnival on a observe which is clearly in hassle with the continuing 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 area sizes on a struggling observe is placing the membership underneath super stress.”

Observe guru Navesh Ramdhani has been tasked with overseeing the Gold Coast’s redevelopment, which can see the grass observe 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 may have prevented it, we may have let Navesh and the group have their very own plan for Magic Thousands and thousands week,” he stated.

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

The Australian Trainers’ Affiliation stated the scarcity of ordinary metropolitan tracks in south-east Queensland can be highlighted once more as soon as the Gold Coast is closed subsequent 12 months.

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

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

“The unprecedented rainfall this 12 months 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 observe has not been given the chance for a respite at a time when it was most wanted.”

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