Press release from Racing Queensland
Racing Queensland (RQ), acting on a direction from Minister for Racing Grace Grace, has engaged one of Australia’s most experienced racing administrators to conduct an independent review of the Eagle Farm track.
RQ will utilise the expertise of former Victoria Racing Club CEO and current Harness Racing Victoria chair Dale Monteith to ensure best practice strategies are employed moving forward.
Ms Grace has written to RQ and directed the Board to take all necessary steps to ensure the Eagle Farm track is rectified and made fit for purpose as an immediate priority.
The decision reinforces RQ’s commitment to maintaining the long-term performance of Queensland’s premier racing surface, with the appointment made following consultation with the Brisbane Racing Club (BRC).
The scope of the review will be to consider the construction and preparation of the track, with a very clear focus on identifying the best remediation strategies for the racing surface.
Mr Monteith, who has 37 years of experience in the racing industry, oversaw the re-design and construction of both the Flemington and Caulfield tracks with the VRC and Melbourne Racing Club, and will provide an objective report into the design, construction and maintenance of the Eagle Farm track.
As well as having extensive experience in racing administration, Mr Monteith also chaired the Tasmanian Racing Industry Review Working Group (2014), reviewed racing in the Northern Territory (2014), and conducted an audit of HRV in 2015.
RQ CEO Dr Eliot Forbes said he looked forward to Mr Monteith’s findings, and working cooperatively with the BRC to provide outcomes that are in the best interests of the industry as a whole.
“Mr Monteith’s independent and objective review will be a crucial step towards identifying strategies to help remediate the Eagle Farm surface,” Dr Forbes said.
“RQ is determined to ensure Eagle Farm retains its rightful place as Queensland’s premier track for many years to come.”
Mr Monteith said he was honoured to link with RQ and provide his extensive track knowledge.
“I enjoyed taking a hands-on approach to the construction at Flemington and Caulfield so the first thing I want to know is the basic design of the track and how it was constructed,” he said.
“I will be looking at all independent advice to ensure the best possible outcomes are achieved.”
Dr Forbes said: “The timing of any works required will depend upon the remediation processes identified during the independent review