Easter Monday meeting at Doomben won’t be moved despite ugly weather forecast

With a monster 100mm deluge of rain predicted in Brisbane on Easter Monday, the Brisbane Racing Club applied to shift its Doomben meeting to the better-draining Eagle Farm track and run it two days later.

However the BRC‘s bid to switch Monday’s meeting to Wednesday, which would have involved moving Wednesday’s Ipswich meeting a day later to Thursday, was knocked back by Racing Queensland.

The BRC’s proposal came after industry enquiries as to whether the Easter Monday meeting could be moved from Doomben to Eagle Farm, which has a superb draining ability, and held on Monday.

However, the BRC said it was impractical to shift the meeting between its tracks on Monday given the risk of damage to the premier Brisbane track from vehicles and Easter staffing issues.

Their proposal to shift the Doomben meeting to Wednesday, and run it at Eagle Farm, was knocked on the head by RQ.

The knock-back was prompted by RQ being in contact with Sky Racing.

With a Townsville meeting on Thursday, Sky said there was no possibility they could have two Queensland Thursday meetings broadcast on the premier Sky 1 channel.

If the weather forecast is correct, it appears almost certain Doomben’s Monday meeting will be washed out.

The Sunshine Coast Sunday meeting is also in some doubt with the track rated a Heavy 8 on Saturday and up to 30mm of rain predicted for the area on Sunday.

Originally published asDoomben track shift request gets knocked back

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