As a member of the BRC tonight I have received an email from Mr Bell (Chairman of the BRC) arguing his opposition to Racing Queensland's proposed moving of Saturday's Oaks meeting away from Eagle Farm. Apparently Mr Bell has sought a meeting with the
Racing Minister tomorrow morning to argue his case that the meeting should not be moved. Of course it should be moved. The track is an absolute disgrace. While Mr Bell has the Ministers full attention she should immediately sack him and the other members of his committee and install others in their positions so that Queensland Racing doesn't continue to be the laughing stock of this Industry. Their time to remove their backsides from the shiny seats of the boardroom has arrived.
And if the ALP, former union boss racing minister sacked the committee and appointed new committee members, who do you suppose she would appoint
The very last thing Queensland Racing needs at this point in time is yet more politicization of the racing industry. It is the root cause of a lot of the problems. Not this particular one I should add (failure of the new surface).
As for this problem, happy to admit I was one of the ones saying "give it time". After all, we are talking about growing grass in Brisbane FFS.
The fact that the track was as heavy as it was on Saturday after an extended period of no rain to me means that we have passed the period of "give it time" and need to start determining what happened.
Watch out for people wanting "political get squares" over what was effectively an operational
failure. The strategic
decision to give the track an upgrade was the correct one IMO. But those responsible for the strategic decisions would have referred the specialized work to the (so called) experts.
Before sackings (heaven forbid these are not needed at this time), the next step
is to determine what has happened and publish that information without fear or favour. Needs an independent assessment - probably contract someone from NSW or Victoria who is not attached to any particular political position to make a comprehensive scientific report that can be used to determine the next course of action.
In spite of all the doom and gloom the show must go on. We should be forward looking, not backwards.