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Offline Norton

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O.P. « 2014-Nov-10, 12:18 PM »
Nice to get out and about in country Queensland as often as possible and have started this thread to illustrate some of the racecourses I get to visit.

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« 2014-Nov-10, 12:20 PM Reply #1 »
Didn't exactly get on the ground at Dalby last week whilst flying out to Emerald, but at least I flew over the Dalby course.  Gee it is looking green for a place surrounded by drought.


In the bush, space isn't always the premium it can be in the urban environments, so they can extend the courses with extra long chutes.  Royal Dalby has some doozies.
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« 2014-Nov-10, 12:35 PM Reply #2 »
This is Royal Emerald from the Google satellite.


And on the ground last Friday.


Course is pretty wide but they only maintain a half strip of lush grass to about 10M out from the rail.  Water can be expensive out here. 



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« 2014-Nov-10, 12:48 PM Reply #3 »
The amenities at Emerald are pretty fine, with a modern two story, solidly built Members and Restaurant area.  The old public stand might look a but ancient but it will never fall over.


The timber is beautiful hardwood and would be worth a fortune.  Look at the size of some of those seat beams.


Surprisingly, they pitched the stands way before the post so picking a photo finish is a bit daunting.



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« 2014-Nov-11, 10:41 AM Reply #4 »
PG give it a miss will ya?  Run a personal blog for gawd sake, rather than contaminate every thread you can find with irrelevant vitriole. 

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« 2014-Nov-11, 09:01 PM Reply #5 »
Some fascinating shots there, Norton.

Tragedy is that the very large majority of these country facilities will just collapse over time - unless the Heritage groups take action.  No way will the respective clubs be able to maintain them.

What stories those grandstands could tell.  :unsu

Keep them coming will ya.  :bulb:

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« 2014-Nov-11, 09:33 PM Reply #6 »
Should re-instate the mid week country circuit like we used to have dalby, gatton, esk and kilkoy

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« 2014-Nov-12, 06:52 AM Reply #7 »
Should re-instate the mid week country circuit like we used to have dalby, gatton, esk and
Kilcoy

Back to the good old days Beaudesert still operating .....Oxenford closed long ago......Bundamba or called Ipswich now. :thumbsup:

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« 2014-Nov-12, 04:08 PM Reply #8 »
Most of the country tracks - and there are dozens and dozens - wouldn't have a chance of meeting current compliance obligations on WH&S, Liquor Licensing, Security, etc.

They might be able to run the occasional non-TAB meeting, but they'd make very little out of that.  Sad really, but the world has changed.

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« 2014-Nov-12, 06:23 PM Reply #9 »
This is the stewards, racecaller, judge and photofinish tower at Emerald. 


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« 2014-Nov-12, 07:19 PM Reply #10 »
Remember the days when doomben/eagle farm were saturday/public holiday only venues. Do we really need to race at our premier venues during the week?? I know its all about turn over these days and punters want to bet on the main tracks.

Why can't the mid week metro meeting rotate between ipppy/gc/sc??

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« 2014-Nov-12, 08:20 PM Reply #11 »
Next Norton takes the camera to Happy Valley.  Pics will be up in two weeks as long as the Russians have not invaded Brisbane.  Happy Valley qualifies as Qld Country because it is not in the great south east of this wonderful State.

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« 2014-Nov-13, 04:56 PM Reply #12 »
Good on ya Norton, does our Mackay friend ever give up, he,s been in the north too long needs to come to the SEast to learn a bit about racing.

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« 2014-Nov-13, 05:39 PM Reply #13 »
If you were a fish PG you would have been hooked, landed and eaten.   :biggrin:

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« 2014-Nov-26, 04:14 PM Reply #14 »
To the north of the Torres Strait lays Hong Kong and the Happy Valley racecourse.  They race there mostly on Wed nights.  This is the Google view from above.


Incredibly short racecourse just over 1300M around, but built like a velodrome with banked turns.  There is a dip down the back straight.  Place reminded me of the old Albion Park.  What makes it spectacular is the encirclement by the high rise apartments of the HK suburbs.  The grandstands are also highrise and sit right near the outer rail down the straight.  You can see the jockeys change their minds. 

The pic on left is of the 1200M start and the sweep past the 1000M chute into the back straight (pic 2)



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« 2014-Nov-26, 04:26 PM Reply #15 »
Close ups of the home straight and the parade enclosure.




They can pull a crowd, but the HKJC has far less competition as a racing or entertainment venue than any Australian city.  Race meetings only twice a week, corporates seem to be illegal, no significant sports comps like AFL, Soccer, Rugby or NRL.  No trots or dogs.  The HKJC runs the races and is our version of the TAB off course as well.  Betting off course is only on HK racing two days a week and overseas sports betting 7 days a week.  They would not know Ballarat, Bathurst or Bundall exist. 

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« 2015-Mar-01, 10:31 AM Reply #16 »
Lert must still be out celebrating  :beer:

Congratulations mate, hope there's more wins to come. :no1:

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« 2015-Mar-03, 11:08 AM Reply #17 »
Lert must still be out celebrating  :beer:

Congratulations mate, hope there's more wins to come. :no1:

Yeah, I would be nice to get a few panorama shots of Royal Warwick.

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« 2015-Mar-03, 07:45 PM Reply #18 »
I would be nice

 :/

ya kidden me     :lol:

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« 2015-Mar-04, 01:37 PM Reply #19 »
Twas a typo ya twit.  BTW, Fours mate Whisper has started a Radish thread.  One brave follower has asked for more info....like names, not just numbers.  Last time I wanted that I got slapped in the face with a dead fish. 

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« 2015-Mar-06, 07:26 AM Reply #20 »
Lets have a look at Warwick.....this is what you'll see if you click on the replay section for Warwick...nice shot...reminds me of the Gold Coast :bop:

http://racevideo.com.au/thoroughbred/warwick/

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« 2015-Mar-06, 11:36 AM Reply #21 »
Thats the cover page for race replays.
There are no replays yet available for Warwick even 6 days after the races  :mad:
They are certainly doing a fine job down in the Deagan bunker! :rant:
Hence you are only seeing the race replays cover page.

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« 2015-Mar-06, 12:18 PM Reply #22 »
Don't knock them . .  :stop:

 They are getting better, as they improve

Mackay replays even have audio for 7 of the 8 races  :shutup:

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« 2015-Mar-13, 12:52 PM Reply #23 »
Best of luck to Lert today with his runner in the last at Warwick.   emthup  
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« 2015-Mar-14, 05:48 PM Reply #24 »
Congrats Lert.

Two in a row not easily done. 8-)


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