Barn-storming plan for Eagle Farm’s infield

An artist’s impression of the plans for a 400-stable infield at Eagle Farm.


BRISBANE Racing Club on Wednesday unveiled plans for its $25 million Eagle Farm infield project as final preparations continued before the digging of the most eagerly awaited tunnels in racing.

The 400-stable infield, which comprises 20 barns, is understood to be the world’s first major stable complex to be built on the infield of a racecourse.

“These stabling complexes will be world class, with rooftop viewing platforms, a barbecue hospitality area, 24-hour CCTV security, ultra-modern waste collection and individual private offices with full services and amenities,” BRC general manager property Jeff Kahler said.

The tunnels were the key to unlocking the infield plan, and on completion of those stables Mirvac can begin construction of the residential towers on the perimeter of Eagle Farm which are funding the project.

The BRC also plans to make improvements to facilities at Eagle Farm before its reopening in April-May next year.

Work on the tunnels means Eagle Farm trainers will have to work horses at Doomben from Sunday until mid-November.

At that point it is hoped a ‘‘horseshoe’’ arrangement can be implemented until full use of the training circuits resumes in February.

The BRC has held several meetings with trainers, trying to facilitate what will be a difficult time for trainers over the next few months as they work at the smaller Doomben facility.

■ GIFTED jockey Brad Stewart escaped with a suspended sentence this week after stewards charged him with betting on thoroughbred races.

He was suspended for three months, but as none of the bets were placed in races at meetings where he was riding, the entire sentence was suspended for 12 months, with the jockey left to pay a $3000 fine.

Stewart placed a total of 17 bets with agencies Tabcorp and Crownbet between July 2013 and March 2015.

He pleaded guilty to the charge and told stewards he was fully aware of the rules.

In 2012, Stewart received a one-month suspension for betting on his mount Alltherightmoves in a race at Eagle Farm.

■ TOP trainer Matt Dunn will require facial surgery after being kicked in the face by veteran galloper Velrosso on Wednesday.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital and will see a specialist on Friday.

Dunn’s wife Keira said the injuries were “nothing that can’t be fixed” and she hoped her husband would make a full recovery in time.

Story courtesy Nathan Exelby Brisbane Courier Mail


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