Rain makes optimal track conditions ‘impossible’
HORSE RACING: For the first time in months, the Warwick Turf Club track is sitting at a heavy 10 leading into its annual TAB race day.
Significant rainfall over the past few weeks has taken the track from a good four to heavy conditions, with Turf Club president Phil Grant hopeful not to receive further rain before racing starts.
“It’s very green at the moment, we’ve had a lot of rain,” Grant said.
“Most people at Racing Queensland would like us to present the track at a good four, but with the rain we’ve had, it’s been impossible for us.
“Hopefully by tomorrow it might start to get back into the soft range though.”
With a number of local trainers nominated across the seven races, Grant is expecting a good turn out of horses to the event, with a large prize pool up for grabs.
“Being so wet everywhere else as well, a lot of trainers and horses are looking for a run,” he said.
“The nominations were really good for the day, but I haven’t had a chance to see whether they’ve fallen away.
“Some trainers don’t like heavy tracks for their horses and others love it.
“It really suits some and not others.”
Generally surprised at the number of punters coming through the gates for weekday races, the later start has a tendency to pull a variety of spectators.
“We usually get a lot of the owners come out to these weekday races,” Grant said.
“There might be a few people who decide to call in after work and have a beer with their mates – which isn’t a bad thing to do after work.
“It is more for the diehard punters though.”
Gates to the Turf Club open at 11am, with the first race expected to start at 1.34pm.