Heavy weekend showers threaten last two race meetings at Eagle Farm
THE last two meetings on the outdated Eagle Farm track are likely to be reduced to slogfests with heavy showers set to hit Brisbane and stick around for the entire weekend.
This Saturday’s metro meeting to be held on the 150-year-old surface with renovations on the track set to begin following the Eagle Farm meeting next Wednesday.
To mark the occasion, the Brisbane Racing Club will offer 300 spectators the chance to take home a piece of the track but they could be picking up mud if weather forecasters are correct.
Weatherzone meteorologist Rob Sharpe said heavy showers are expected to hit Brisbane on Saturday afternoon and continue on Sunday leaving Wednesday’s meeting in some doubt.
“It will be pretty wet across the whole day on Saturday but the peak will be in the afternoon and evening,” Sharpe said.
“At the start of (racing on Saturday) it won’t be too much of a bog but by the end it will.”
Anywhere between 20-40ml is expected to fall at Eagle Farm on Saturday and a further 10-20ml is expected in the region on Sunday.
The deluge might not sound disastrous but the Eagle Farm track has fallen to pieces even with the lightest of showers in recent months.
One of the driest winters on memory saved Racing Queensland from embarrassment during the winter carnival this year but they won’t be as lucky this time around.
There is certain to be a host of scratchings if the rain comes as expected but one man hoping the forecasters are right is Ben Currie.
The Toowoomba trainer has mudlark Rothera engaged in the Stanley River Thoroughbreds Open Handicap (1400m) and hopes the return of rain could help turn the nine-year-old’s form around.
“He is getting on a bit and I’ve questioned his last couple of runs whether he really wants to attack the line or not,” Currie said.
“It’s more just an effort thing for him at the moment and whether he wants to be there but hopefully the rain might be something that can spark him.
“His work actually has been really good lately and this week is probably as good as I’ve seen him work.
“He loves the wet and has a good record on heavy tracks, so hopefully the rain comes.”
Rothera, who has won five from nine starts on heavy tracks, joins a host of wet track specialists racing at Eagle Farm, including Sequillian (race one), Youthful King (race four), Lee Ho Fook (race six), Cash ‘N’ Style (race seven) and Forefront (race eight).
Footnote: The piece of the track that will be taken is from an area not in use at the meeting on Wednesday.