Eagle Farm surface review off and running today
THE long- awaited review into the Eagle Farm surface and recommendations on how it will be fixed will finally be released today.
It follows the finalisation of a report conducted by Dale Monteith, who began his review on June 12.
Originally Mr Monteith was given a three week time frame, but he hinted at the time it would take longer and tomorrow marks almost seven weeks since the review began.
Extensive soil tests of the track were taken, but it is understood no one from the Brisbane Racing Club or constructor Evergreen were interviewed for the formulation of the report or its recommendations, but both made submissions.
In a meeting conducted on the Gold Coast yesterday, Racing Minister Grace Grace thrashed out the final details of the report with Monteith, BRC chairman Neville Bell and chief executive Dave Whimpey and Racing Queensland chairman Steve Wilson, thoroughbred board member Mark Sowerby and chief executive Eliot Forbes.
Minister Grace was handed the report last Friday.
It is unknown if changes were subsequently made which led to an agreement being reached at yesterday’s meeting.
At the conclusion of meeting, Ms Grace said final document would be vealed today.
“Mr Monteith has fully briefed me on this report, along with Racing Queensland the the re- and the BRC, and we had a very productive meeting today,” Ms Grace said.
“I expect Racing Queensland and BRC to work together to implement his recommendations in full so that racing can return to Eagle Farm as soon as possible.”
The delay in the report has heightened speculation on when Eagle Farm will be able to return to racing.