On Monday, the BRC announced a contingency plan to move the meeting should the forecasted rain fall – and on Wednesday, it did.
With more rainfall predicted over the next 48 hours, the decision was made to transfer the meeting in the early hours of Wednesday morning, given the unlikelihood that the Doomben surface would be safe to race on.
As result, the distances and field sizes for some races have been altered:
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.
“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,” Racing Queensland said.
“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.”
Acceptances for the meeting will be finalised at 11am AEST today.