Racing Queensland confirms that following recent inclement weather and a forecast for further heavy rainfall over the next 48 hours, the Brisbane Racing Club race meeting at Doomben on Saturday, May 14, has been transferred to Eagle Farm.
The decision to transfer the meeting was made following the determination that there is very little likelihood that the racing surface at Doomben will recover sufficiently in time for Saturday’s race meeting to proceed at that venue.
The transfer to Eagle Farm has necessitated changes to race distances and as a consequence of the fact that the rail position will be at seven metres, the starting limits for some of the races on the program have also been amended. They are:
TAB Doomben 10,000 – distance unchanged at 1200m, starting limit is unchanged at 16;
Spirit Of Boom Classic – distance unchanged at 1200m, starting limit is unchanged at 16;
Rough Habit Plate – was 2000m, is now 2143m, starting limit has changed to 14;
Chairman’s Handicap – was 2000m, is now 2143m, starting limit has changed to 14;
Magic Millions Bright Shadow – was 1110m, is now 1200m and starting limit is unchanged at 16;
Members’ Handicap – distance unchanged at 1600m, starting limit was 16 but is now 17;
3yo Plate – distance was 1350m, is now 1400m, starting limit is unchanged at 16;
Benchmark 85 Handicap - distance was 1350m, is now 1400m, starting limit is unchanged at 16; and
Class 6 Plate – distance was 1050m, is now 1000m, starting limit has changed to 12.
In accordance with earlier communications, the acceptance deadline for the race meeting will now be 11am.
Trainers who have already accepted horses for the meeting can leave them unchanged, however those who wish to cancel acceptances already lodged as a consequence of the meeting’s transfer should contact Racing Australia to do so.
There will be no fees charged for horses withdrawn at this race meeting following its venue transfer.
The racing surface has been subjected to a major rain deluge over the past few days to the extent that there is no possibility that the racing surface will recover in time for tomorrow’s race meeting to proceed at the venue.
The meeting’s status has been defined as “postponed” at this stage as Racing Queensland endeavours to secure an alternative date – Monday, May 16, and Tuesday, May 17, are prospective dates being considered at this stage.