Amazement on the race track
THE announcement that former chief greyhound steward Jamie Dart has been appointed to head the Integrity and Stewarding department of Racing Queensland has caused some amazement on the racing scene.
Mr Dart, in contrast to the then Head of Stewarding and Integrity, Wade Birch, was one of the few survivors of the greyhound live baiting scandal which broke last February.
It would seem that an explanation from RQ relating to the new appointment is needed to clarify the situation.
BUNDABERG trainer Darryl Gardiner teamed with Nanango-based apprentice Hannah English to win three of the four races run in Bundaberg last Saturday.
Gardiner, who received the Bundaberg Trainer of the Year award for the previous racing season at the meeting, continued his dominance of the Bundaberg track with the winning treble.
The duo landed the main race, the 1212m Ulton Cup with $10 chance, Seen a Host (6g by Host) who defeated Bjorn (L. Dodds) by 6¾ lengths with Unique Fuse (A. Badger) five lengths further away in third.
All Bar One four-year-old, Aybesee carried the Gardiner colours in winning the 1090m Class B by two lengths from the Gardiner trained $1.80 favourite, Minto's Lass (M. Murphy) with Outback Wrangler (K. Gates) third.
Maiden galloper King Khan (4g, Duporth) annihilated the field in the 1380m BM 55, bolting in by an amazing 13¼ lengths from Fast and Thorny (L. Dodds) with Get Loose (S. Alam) third.
Bundaberg-based David Deans and apprentice Sabir Alam kept the Gardiner runners out of the winner's stall in the other race, the 1090m Maiden when Nostic (4g, Salt Lake City) just nosed out the Tony Hess prepared Metallic Point (J. Philpott) with Isis Cowboy (L. Dodds) third.
The Tony Hess-trained Way Up There received the Bundaberg Horse of the Year Award at the meeting.
Eagle Farm plan
FINALLY the future of Queensland's most important race track and industry "earner", Eagle Farm, has become a little clearer with a timetable and detailed plan for the completion of the reconstruction of the course published.
It is expected that racing will resume at Eagle Farm next May after the $10 million track reconstruction and the completion of the two under-track tunnels.
The track has been cambered and a state-of-the-art drainage system has been installed on the kikuyu grass-covered track.
The tunnels give access to the infield where 400 stables will be constructed and 1000 car parking spaces for racegoers created.
This infield development will be financed by the development of a 1200 apartment complex and shopping precincts on Eagle Farm land.
Training activities at Eagle farm cease this coming Monday to enable the construction of the vehicle and pedestrian tunnels.
In a couple of months it is expected that a "horseshoe" shaped training track will be available to trainers, who of course have access to the Doomben track across Nudgee Rd from Eagle Farm.
Improvements to the public and members areas at Eagle Farm will also be carried out prior to the return of racing to the iconic track.
Future plans by the Brisbane Racing Club include construction of a 150-room hotel on vacant land at Doomben as well as a sports club to help finance further renovations of the tracks.
THE Thangool Cup will be run tomorrow with six acceptors for the 1600m $15,250 event.
Mackay galloper Hard Liquor heads the weights with 60.5kg following three recent wins, two at Mackay and another at Yeppoon.
Last Saturday's Bundaberg winner, Seen a Host, has 55kg in the trophy race.
The seven race TAB card at the annual Deagon Picnics has attracted 68 acceptors on Sunday.
The main event is the 2100m Deagon Cup, a BM 70 of $10,000.