Eagle Farm Track To Have Race Rehearsal

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Eagle Farm racecourse will have a mini rehearsal for an actual race meeting with two official barrier trials and jump-outs.

The track has been dormant for most of the past four years because of problems with a reconstruction of the racing surface.

The Brisbane Racing Club and Racing Queensland are hoping the track will be ready for a return to racing on December 22.

The new Eagle Farm surface passed its first test with track gallops last Tuesday and a week later faces a major test with two barrier trials over 1000m as well as jump-outs on the course proper.

“We will use the trials as a type of dress rehearsal with the weigh-out area and jockeys room, etc open,” BRC racing manager Matt Rudolph said.

“After the trials there will be two jump-outs on the back section of the track. We want to see how it holds up with horses galloping over it.

“At the end of the day we will confer with stewards and Racing Queensland to confirm whether a return to racing is possible on December 22.

“The December 22 meeting is set for Doomben but there are no feature races that day so the meeting can easily be transferred to Eagle Farm.”

There will be normal jump-outs on the Eagle Farm A grass on Tuesday morning before the trials.

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