Tue, May 30, 10:41am by Senior Writer
Brisbane’s winter racing carnival has been turned on its head by the decision to move the next two weeks of Group 1 races from Eagle Farm to Doomben because of track concerns.
After several high-profile trainers threatened to boycott the remainder of the carnival if racing continued at Eagle Farm, Racing Queensland ordered that two of Brisbane’s biggest meetings, this week’s Queensland Oaks and the Stradbroke Handicap the following week, move across the road.
The Brisbane Racing Club wanted to maintain the faith with Eagle Farm which raced in the heavy 8 range last Saturday despite no rain in Brisbane for over a week.
But it was overruled and Doomben will now host the Oaks, which has been reduced from 2400m to 2200m as a result, and the $1.5 million Stradbroke, which has been reduced from 1400m to 1350m. and the Queensland Derby, which will also be 2200m.
“We don’t agree with the decision,’’ Brisbane Racing Club chief executive Dave Whimpey said. “We maintained our position right to the death this morning that we should be racing at Eagle Farm.
Bookies have maintained those markets as all-ins, despite the distances being changed. That means punters who already bet in the Oaks and the Stradbroke, will not receive a refund on their bets.
The Oaks markets hasn’t changed, with Chris Waller’s Egg Tart the $2.80 favourite ahead of the final field and barrier draw being determined on Wednesday,
Jungle Edge’s trainer Mick Bell is furious with the decision to move the Stradbroke, saying Racing Queensland had simply pandered to the big stables.
Queensland Oaks Market: (Sportsbet)
Egg Tart $2.80
Ana Royale $4.20
Dawn Wall $7
Oklahoma Girl $9
Blanco Cara $15
Perilous Love $17
Others: $21 or Longer
Stradbroke Handicap Market: (Sportsbet)
Clearly Innocent $4
Jungle Edge $10
New Universe $15
Tactical Advantage $17
In Her Time $17
The Virginian $17
Others: $21 or Longer
Queensland Derby Odds: (Sportsbet)
Order Again $4
Volatile Mix $4
Shocking Luck $6
Mongolian Wolf $11
Rockstar Rebel $15
Black On Gold $15
Prized Icon $17
Sizzling Bullet $17
Here He Comes (NZ) $17
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