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Eagle Farm move after course called “inferior racing surface”

QLD Oaks to run at Doomben

After the state of the track at Eagle Farm was questioned at the weekend Racing Queensland has announced the Queensland Oaks meeting and next week’s Stradbroke Handicap will move over to Doomben.

Initially, The Brisbane Racing Club did now want to relocate but were overruled by Racing Queensland, with chief executive Eliot Forbes calling Eagle Farm “an inferior racing surface.”

Brisbane Racing Club chief executive Dave Whimpey reckons the move will cost around $900,000.

This is despite over $10 million being spent on the new track at Eagle Farm, and leading jockey Kerrin McEvoy said it was probably the worst track he had raced on.

“The cost we are still working through. This is a $6.5 million event for the Brisbane Racing Club. We make the majority of profit all year out of this event. We were expecting some 35,000 at Eagle Farm which this track just cannot handle,” Whimpey said.

This is a blow for Queensland racing with many punters commentating that their industry is already being left behind with NSW and Victoria increasing its prize money.

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