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« 2019-Apr-01, 07:34 AM Reply #1950 »
Troubles off the track
ROBERT CRADDOCK
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PRIVACY TIME: BRC chief executive Dave Whimpey.

BRC denies chief executive’s tenure is over

THE Brisbane Racing Club has denied strong rumours it is parting ways with chief executive Dave Whimpey.

The Courier-Mail yesterday was told by well-placed racing sources Whimpey’s five-year tenure would end following a lengthy discussion at Thursday night’s BRC board meeting.

Whimpey was not sighted at Saturday’s Doomben races.

BRC chairman Neville Bell denied the meeting had decided Whimpey’s term was over.

“No,’’ Bell said. “He had a day off on Friday. “He has some family stuff he is sorting out and he just needs a couple of days. “I would prefer not to say anything on his behalf at the moment. “He needs some privacy. “He has achieved his longterm goals and has overseen significant commercial uplift in this financial year in both sponsorship and capital growth.’’

Whimpey has had a turbulent tenure as BRC chief executive, coming into the job specifically because he was not entrenched in the racing community.

The BRC wanted someone who could look outside the racing world for more corporate opportunities and Whimpey’s diverse background with companies such as Hilton, Jupiters, KPMG, Tabcorp and Coles appealed to them.

There have been areas of growth in which he played a role such as the Gallopers club and Woolworths shopping centre in the racing precinct which have generated substantial income.

However the Eagle Farm track disaster when the state’s premier racing facility was out of play for several years was a negative. The dodgy state of the track’s surface was not his fault but racing folk felt at times he was in denial over how bad it was.

In April 2017, trainers Chris Munce and Tony Gollan said Eagle Farm’s $10 million revamp had not worked and Munce claimed the track needed to be “dug up’’.

Whimpey challenged their claims and said “dug up’’ was an emotive term.

However time would prove Munce and Gollan correct as the track had further major surgery from which Whimpey was marginalised from the planning process.
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Very strong rumour that there's beena parting of the ways but when that was put to BRC chair Neville Bell he denied it.......you would think if DW has left the building the BRC would have had a statement prepared along the usual lines when there's a separation  between the company and a CEO.


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« 2019-Apr-01, 12:08 PM Reply #1951 »
i dont think many will cry if Dave goes


Eagle farm playing beautifully now but now the worst 1000m start in the country , the old one was a gem

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« 2019-Apr-01, 11:00 PM Reply #1952 »
What we have now is a rumour and denial ......there has to be more...... a really poor situation which has to be clarified one way or another.....leaving it up in the air is most unsatisfactory to both parties   .......today on his top rating radio show Press Room Davie Fowler had Bart Sinclair as his Brisbane guest but he didn't raise this issue with him ...reminded me slightly of Rumpole of The Bailey the ficticional barrister at law  created by legendary author John Mortimer ...Rumpole always defended he never asked a client if he did it......Dave didn't ask either. :shutup:

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« 2019-Apr-02, 06:14 PM Reply #1953 »
Leaving confirmed

STEVE HEWLETT


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Dave Whimpey has stepped down from his CEO role at the BRC . Will remain with the club until June 30. New CEO will be announced after the carnival 

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« 2019-Apr-02, 06:45 PM Reply #1954 »
David Whimpey to step down as BRC boss
about an hour ago by AAP
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The Brisbane Racing Club's chief executive David Whimpey has announced he will step down after more than five years in the role.

Whimpey said he had achieved the goals he sought including unlocking a Strategic Plan, and he now wanted to spend more time with his young family and to seek new opportunities.

He will finish his role on June 30 and the BRC expects to recruit Australia-wide to fill his position.

BRC chairman Neville Bell said during Whimpey's tenure, the BRC has begun to roll out its master plan which is transforming the racing club into one of the most innovative and diverse sporting precincts in Australia.

"Over the last five years, the BRC has dealt with serious challenges around the redevelopment of the Eagle Farm racecourse, which required strong leadership to ensure the club preserved all jobs and met revenue targets despite the absence of our leading track," Bell said.

"In Whimpey's final year the BRC is enjoying another strong result with the return of Eagle Farm to the racing calendar."

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« 2019-Apr-29, 12:10 PM Reply #1955 »
TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

THE Thoroughbred History Association will host a function, “The Best Odds, A History of the Winter Racing Carnival”, on Tuesday.

The event will be at the Racing Museum in the Tote building at Eagle Farm, from 7pm.

Email heritage@brc.com.au to book a place.

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Anyone interested in Qld racing history will find a treasure trove of old historical items in the Racing Museum in the old tote building at Eagle Farm.

Tomorrow nights function at 7pm should be very interesting expected to cover some of the massive plunges from days gone when the betting ring was shoulder to shoulder with bookies who would take a decent bet I reckon Frank Kennedy's punter Hollywood George Edser (The Corsican ) Lancaster and other winners is bound to get a mention as is the late Jack Honey who spearheaded many plunges which I think included Divide and Rule trained by Dick Roden who also had a very fast  short course High Title sprinter Gresford allegedly owned by a Mr Brown who carried his cash in a suitcase Vernon Patrick (Mo) Bernard from over the ditch also pulled off some memorable plunges.
Well worth making the effort to attend.
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« 2019-Apr-29, 12:55 PM Reply #1956 »
Recall 'Mo' Bernard, when asked what the V.P. stood for, replied . . "Very Patient!"

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« 2019-May-01, 09:34 PM Reply #1957 »
thoughts on the photo finish result on the last race at EF this afternoon ?

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« 2019-May-01, 10:08 PM Reply #1958 »
thoughts on the photo finish result on the last race at EF this afternoon ?
Very tight hard to see a margin with the naked eye.

https://www.racingqueensland.com.au/racing-and-results/video-replays/player/thoroughbred/e%20fm/20190501/race/8

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« 2019-May-02, 07:52 AM Reply #1959 »
Without knowing the result I thought #1 OR D-H

On the 'close-up' the white line doesn't help

If I had backed #1, I think I would have been satisfied with D-H . .

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« 2019-May-02, 09:40 AM Reply #1960 »
Same as Arthur.

But when Sawtell stumbled all over the place at the 300m I thought "if this  gets beat it'd be a stiff as a board" 

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« 2019-May-10, 06:07 PM Reply #1961 »
An extract from the Royal Commission into Racing and Racecourses 1930.......describes the various racecourses included in the RC's Terms of Reference .....Deagon and Albion Park owned by messrs Benjamin Nathan and  John Wren were sold to the BATC for 450.000 pounds.....descriptions of the lands involved and the features of the tracks are included in the following ......

 Land Tenure   PART II.
REGISTERED RACING.
A.—RACECOURSES.
(a)   The Brisbane Racecourse (Eagle Farm).
(b)   The Sandgate Racecourse (Deagon).
(c)   The Bundamba Racecourse (Bundamba).
(d)   The Albion Park Racecourse (Albion Park).
(a) The Brisbane Racecourse (Eagle Farm),
In 1863 certain lands were granted to trustees upon trust " for the appropriation thereof as a site for a racecourse and for no other purpose whatsoever.',' These lands, which were granted under the provisions of " The Alienation of Crown Lands Act of 1860," by deed of grant No. 6537, contained an area of about 320 acres, and were situated in the Parish of Toombul.

By "The Brisbane Racecourse Acts, 1875-1880," the trustees were empowered, with the approval of the Governor in Council, to sell or mortgage about 189 acres of the lands, subject to certain provisions as to the disposal of moneys so obtained. They were further empowered to grant leases not exceeding five years or, with the approval of the Governor in Council, not exceeding twenty-one years, of the lands or any part thereof. Full provision was also made for the application to racing purposes of moneys raised by the exercise of these powers.
By a series of transactions, not necessary to be set .out, the greater portion of such 189 acres has been sold. The balance of the lands still subject to the trust comprises an area of about 133 acres 1 rood 6.4 perches, which is now under "The Real Property Acts," and is the land comprised in certificates of title Nos. 313933, 313934, 313935, and 313936.
 
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The land is subject to mortgage to the Queensland National Bank, Limited, under registered mortgages Nos. 213098, 275781, 311189, and No. A75049. Portion of it, comprising 5 acres 1 rood 3.7 perches is now leased to the Brisbane City Council for use as a park. The remainder is held by The Queensland Turf Club under registered lease No 802163 in favour of Charles Andrew Morris as Chairman for and on behalf of the Club for twenty-one years from 22nd September, 1920. This lease provides for a yearly rental of £700, to be satisfied by the payment of interest due by the lessors on the said mortgages or any subsequent mortgages in substitution therefor. The lessee contracts to keep all improvements in repair and to expend not less than £20,000 on improvements during the first year of the lease. In fact, the lessee has expended very much larger sums during the term of the lease.

The trustees are financially able to complete and carry out the terms of the mortgages, and the Club is financially able to complete and carry out all obligations imposed by the lease.
In addition to the lands so held under lease, the Club has acquired and holds in fee-simple, in the name of its Chairman, and uses as part of its racecourse, an adjoining area of 1 rood 25.5 perches, being the land described in certificate of title No. 302720, Volume 1650, Folio 210.
This portion is at present held by Mr. Morris, as trustee for the Club, under nomination of trustees No. 24030, dated 30th June, 1928.   Financial Ability of Trustees and Lessee.

The Eagle Farm Racecourse comprises five tracks, as follows :—   Description
of Racing
The Course Proper (Grass) ..   ..   1 mile 2 furlongs 15 yards.   Tracks, 80.
The Big Grass, or Two-Ycar-Old Track   1 „ 1 furlong 143 „
The Sand Track (Sand)   ..   1 „ 1   80 5,
The Cinder Track (Cinders)   1 „ 1   33 „
The Little Grass Track   ..   1 „ 0   180   ),
The course proper contains a straight of about 2 furlongs to the winning-post. Its minimum width is 100 feet, and no turn is of a less radius than 10 chains.
The four training tracks are well constructed and well suited for use in the various stages of training.
The appointments embrace three enclosures for the public, viz. :—The Paddock, the Leger, and the Flat. Large Grand and Members' Stands have been erected in the Paddock and a smaller but still large Grandstand in the Leger. On the Flat is a large covered shelter-shed.
These are all of up-to-date construction and in excellent condition.
Modern Hodsdon automatic totalisators, well-housed, serve all three enclosures.
Jockeys are provided with suitable and well-appointed changing and bath rooms.
An adequate number of horse stalls have been erected.
The extensive lawns and promenades are kept in first-class order and are well provided with shade trees.
The other appointments, including Refreshment Rooms, Bars, &c., are ample.
B   Appoint-ments.
 
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A well-appointed casualty ward is provided. A surgeon and a veterinary surgeon are in attendance at every meeting. A motor ambulance follows each race, and a special horse ambulance is always available.
in a word, the course does credit to the Club and indicates a strong desire to study the requirements of, and to make the racing attractive to, the public.
As a result of the very suitable conformation of the racing track, of the care bestowed on its upkeep, and of the strict supervision 'exercised during racing by the stewards, the risk of injury to jockeys and horses alike has been reduced to a minimum.
The track is safe for jockeys and horses, with the present limit of fields, namely twenty-six runners in ordinary events.
(WOW 26 runners standing room only )
Beyond doubt, the racecourse, the track, and the appointments generally are eminently suitable for racing purposes.

(b) The Sandgate Racecourse (Deagon).
By deed of grant No. 76020, dated the 9th October, 1890, certain lands in the County of Stanley, Parish of Nundah, being the lands described in the said grant as the " the Racecourse Reserve" and comprising a total area of 87 acres 0 roods 22 perches, were granted to trustees upon trust " for the purpose of a racecourse and for no other purpose whatsoever."

By registered mortgage No. 334447, made with the consent of the Governor in Council under the provisions of "The Sandgate Racecourse Act, 1896," and dated 1st August, 1898, the whole of the lands were mortgaged to the Queensland National Bank, Limited, to secure the sum of £2,000.
By registered transfer and charge No. 341698, dated 21st December, 1899, that Bank, as mortgagee exercising power of sale, transferred the lands to Andrew Joseph Thynne in consideration of £200 then paid and of a charge to secure the balance, viz., £2,980, still owing to the Bank.
By transfer of mortgage No. 354217, dated 19th December, 1900, the Bank conveyed its interest as mortgagee under this charge to George Wilkie Gray and Andrew Joseph Thynne for the sum of £2,017 9s. 7d.
By registered nomination of trustees No. 374528, dated 21st May, 1902, Mr. Thynne conveyed his interest to Robert Fraser, the then President of Tattersall's Club, upon trust for the members of that club, subject to the mortgage to Messrs. Gray and Thynne.
By registered transfer No. 546053, dated 21st December, 1911, Messrs. Gray and Thynne, as mortgagees exercising power of sale, conveyed the lands to Benjamin Nathan and John Wren, as tenants in common, for the sum of £2,800.
Pursuant to this conveyance, Messrs. Nathan and Wren are now registered as tenants in common in fee, free from incumbrance, of the lands, and certificates of title Nos. 201065 and 201064, both dated. 18th January, 1912, have been issued to them respectively for undivided moieties.

.,113y an agreement dated 17th April, 1923, but executed on 21st March, 1923, made between. Benjamin Nathan and John, Wren, as vendors, and James Park Macfarlane and George Rees, trustees. of, The Brisbane Amateur Turf Club, as purchasers, the lands were agreed to be sold, together with
 
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the Albion Park Racecourse and its appurtenances, to the purchasers. This agreement is set out in full in Appendix C hereto. It has recently been varied by a further agreement dated 6th December, 1929, made between the same parties, which is also set out in full in the same Appendix.

The terms of this contract of purchase, which is still in course of performance, are fully dealt with elsewhere in this Report.
The racing track proper, which is circular in formation, with a straight of about one furlong, is approximately one mile in circumference and is grass. Its width is sufficient to accommodate a considerable field of horses. Outside the track proper is a sand training track.
The course, which has not been used for racing since 1922, appears to have been divided into Paddock and Leger enclosures, each containing a small stand. At present the external fences are in some disrepair, the internal enclosure fences are practically non-existent, and the stands are dilapidated. There are a considerable number of horse-stalls, in fair order, and a small totalisator house, greatly out of repair.
Apart from the above and the running rail itself, which requires attention, there are practically no improvements on the property, and it would require a very considerable expenditure to equip the course with appointments suitable for racing.

(c) The Bundamba Racecourse.
By a proclamation issued on 10th February, 1890, under " The Crown Lands Act of 1884," certain lands at Bundamba were temporarily reserved and placed under the control of trustees as a racecourse. The lands are situated in the County of Stanley, Parish of Ipswich, and are shown on plan of survey, catalogue No. 1733-2106c. Their area is 93 acres 1 rood 14 perches. They are still held on trust for racecourse purposes. The present trustees are Messrs. John Canty, Frank Arthur Cooper, Patrick Monaghan, and Thomas Wall.

By an agreement dated 29th May, 1915, the then trustees agreed with John Wren to permit him, for a period of five years, to use and occupy the course for any number of days which he might require for the purpose of preparing for, and carrying out races thereon. The consideration was to be the payment by Mr. Wren of £15 for each race meeting to be held by him, with a minimum of £90 per annum. He also undertook to insure the buildings, to keep existing improvements in repair, and to erect further improvements, but was not required to expend more than an average sung. of £60 per annum. The trustees undertook to maintain the tracks and employ a caretaker and not to permit the use of the tracks for any purpose, except during one week prior to a race meeting. Provision was made to permit the trustees to allow racing dates
to the Ipswich Amateur Turf Club and to any athletic Sports Club, but Wren was to have priority of days, except that Boxing Day was reserved for the
Ipswich Amateur Turf Club. Except on Boxing Day, the trustees were not to permit the Ipswich Amateur Turf Club to race on the course within seven days prior to a meeting conducted by Wren.

This agreement gave Wren an option of renewal fora further five years. This option has in fact been exercised from time to time. The latest agreement, dated 10th June, 1925, is still in force and contains a similar option.
 
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Description of Track.
Appoint-ments.
Safety for Jockeys and Horses.
Suitability for Racing Purposes.   By an agreement of 1st January, 1929, the trustees have, in consideration of an annual payment of £1.0, granted to the Commonwealth, for a period of three years from that date, landing rights for aircraft over that portion of the property which lies within the racing track proper.
The racing track, which is oval in shape, with safe and easy curves, has a straight of about one furlong.
It is a full mile in circumference, is of grass, and is in good condition. Its width is ample to accommodate with safety a considerable field. There is at present no separate training track.
The appointments include a fairly large grandstand and a small Hodsdon automatic totalisator. These are shabby but otherwise in good condition.
The racing track is safe for jockeys and horses.
Except with regard to its distance from Brisbane, about 21 miles, and to the present condition and extent of the improvements, this course is very suitable for racing purposes.
It was in fact used for many years for registered racing, but owing to reasons dealt with later, has of recent years been used only for unregistered racing.

(d) The Albion Park Racecourse.
Land   The lands comprising the Albion Park Racecourse at present total an
Tenure.
area of 39 acres 0 roods 7.11 perches.
This area includes a large number of portions of land under The Real Property Acts, alienated from the Crown prior to the year 1890.

On 11th February, 1890, 25 acres 2 roods 16 perches of the land were sold by the then owner to The Breakfast Creek Sports Ground Proprietary, Limited, for the sum of £8,000. On the same day, the same Company purchased from other owners further areas of land totalling 3 acres 2 roods 8.15 perches.
By registered mortgage No. 220341, dated the same day, the Company mortgaged all the said lands to the Royal Bank of Queensland, Limited, to secure the sum of £18,000.
Subsequently, on the liquidation of the. Company, that Bank became owner in fee-simple of all the said lands as from the 1st February, 1894.

As the result of a large number of transactions, not necessary to be set forth, the Bank also became entitled, in or about the same year, to the fee-simple ownership of other contiguous lands of a total area of 17 acres 1 rood 16.14 perches. The Bank had thus acquired a total holding of 42 acres 3 roods 32.14 perches.
In 1909 the Bank agreed to sell to one Wesley Castles, for the sum of £30,000, an area of 38 acres 2 roods 11.52 perches, part of its said holding.
Later in the same year, Castles assigned the benefit of this contract to Messrs. Nathan and Wren for £31,000.
 

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This sale was duly completed, and on-the 14th December, 1916, by registered transfer No. 678909, Messrs. Nathan and Wren became registered proprietors in fee-simple as tenants in common of the said 38 acres 2 roods 11.52 perches.

As a result of various small transactions, this area was increased by Messrs. Nathan and Wren to 39 acres 0 roods 24.62 perches, for which area new deeds of grant Nos. 110016 and 110015 for undivided moieties as tenants in common were issued to them respectively in 1922.

They subsequently sold small portions, and now hold the balance, 39 acres 0 roods 7.11 perches, in undivided moieties as tenants in common in fee, free from incumbrances, under certificates of title Nos. 334044 and 334043.

By the Agreement of 17th April 1923 already referred to, as varied by the subsequent Agreement of 6th December, 1929, also already referred to, this land is in process of being sold, together with the Deagon course and the good¬will of the business previously carried on by the vendors, to The Brisbane Amateur Turf Club, for the sum of £450,000, payable by a deposit of £10,000 and by equal monthly instalments of £2,000, the balance of the purchase money being payable on or before the 1st March, 1940.
Up to 30th June, 1929, a total of £161,110 of this purchase money had been paid, leaving a balance of £288,890 still owing.

Site and Formation of Track.—Originally, this site was a swamp subject to some extent to tidal influences. Portion of this swamp was filled in, partly with logs but mainly with sandstone and rubble, to form the foundation of the racing track. On such a foundation it would be impossible to grow grass. Part of the swamp still remains inside the track. The stone foundation is covered with from three to four inches of loose sand, which forms the running surface. The track thus formed needs constant inspection and attention to prevent accidents, as small subsidences occasionally occur, requiring repair of the foundation itself and the spreading of more sand. The sand surface is kept as far as possible at a uniform depth of three to four inches. If this depth is not maintained, injury to the horses, by jarring on the underlying stone, is probable.

   Description of Course.
In the above features the Albion Park Racecourse is unique in Australia.
There is no separate training track, the outer parts of the course proper being used for that purpose.
The length of the track, measured close to the rails, is 6 furlongs 19 feet 6 inches.
Its width varies considerably. The maximum width-92 feet 6 inches—is found on the Eastern side of the track. Thence the track narrows to 58 feet 4 inches at the beginning of the turn into the straight. As this turn approaches the straight, the track widens to 82 feet 6 inches. The straight, which is a little less than 1 furlong in length, narrows to 64 feet at the winning-post. The minimum width is 43 feet, at the back of the course.
All the turns are sharp. The first turn out of the straight is a curve Curves.
of 5 chains radius. This is followed by a curve of 4 chains 20 links. The
curve out of the back. stretch is 3 chains ; and, finally, a curve of 3 chains
70 links leads into the straight.
 
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All these turns would be unsafe with a grass track.
The track is well-drained, and is available for use in practically all weathers.
For the purposes. of 4-furlong races, a special starting lane has been constructed off the course proper so as to afford approximately a furlong run before. the horses reach the first turn.

The enclosures available to the public are three in number—the Members' Enclosure, the Paddock, and the Leger. There is no Flat.

The Members' Enclosure contains a stand capable of seating some three to four hundred people. It is available to patrons who pay an extra fee as well as to members. This stand is modern and in good condition.

The Paddock contains a fair-sized grandstand capable of seating about one thousand persons. Part of this stand is not covered. The structure is old, but appears to be sufficiently maintained. Under this stand are adequate refreshment rooms and other services..

The Paddock, though small, is well laid out with lawns, flower
gardens, and shade trees.   ..
,;.,o An automatic Hodsdon totalisator in god cyoridition serves both Paddock and Leger Enclosures.
The Leger stand is of considerable size, but contains little or no seating accommodation and is largely uncovered. Apart from this stand, no attempt has been made to improve this enclosure.
Ample horse stalls of the usual type are provided.
During all meetings a surgeon and an ambulance wagon are in attendance and a sufficiently appointed casualty room with two beds is available. A veterinary surgeon and a horse ambulance are also present.

This course is safe for jockeys and horses but subject only to the fulfilment of the four following conditions, that is to say, a ,strictlirnitatiop of fields, constant supervision of its foundations, the maintenance of a sand surface of sufficient and uniform depth, and unremitting vigilance by the stewards against interference during the running of a, race.
The maximum field at *Sent permitted in races of 7 'furlongS, 1 mile, and 11 mileS' is 'eighteen. For races of 51 and 61.- furlongs-, the maximum is fifteen and fourteen respectively.

In May, 1929, a. strong petition, signed by about one hundred and sixty owners, trainers, and jockeys using the course, was presented to The Queensland Turf Club Committee. This petition asked, inter alia, for a reduction of the maximum field at Albion Park to fourteen runners at the 7 furlong post, with corresponding reductions at other starting points. The reasons adduced in this petition were amplified in evidence before us by a number of witnesses. The petition was referred to the stewards, who reperted unanimously in favour of the retention of the present maximum.

Nothing in the evidence warrants a conclusion that this report is not to be relied upon.

Long experience has shown that, with vigilant stewards and the other precautions we have enumerated, an undue proportion of accidents can be avoided.
 
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There is, however, always present some risk of casualty inherent in the nature of the foundation, a risk not shared by other courses. It follows that any relaxation of care in inspection or in preparation of the racing track, or on the part of the stewards, is more likely to lead to accidents than on other courses. That these risks are not imaginary is shown by the fact that some owners and trainers refuse to use the course at all, while others do not race their best horses there.

Such a track as above described is unsuitable for weight for age and other long distance races. In, fact, with the exception of one lk-mile race, the longest distance run is 1 mile and 57 yards. The heavy going is too trying for and is unsuited to two-year-olds. For short distances, however, the sand at Albion Park appears to suit some horses better than the turf at Eagle Farm.

Such suitability for racing as this course possesses is derived from the fact that the running surface is sand.
But for this sand, the track would be entirely unsuitable for racing purposes. The sand surface, while perhaps originally put down because grass would not grow on the foundations, and in order to enable the business of racing to be carried on irrespective of the weather, is necessary to give the horses a firm foothold round the turns—turns too sharp for a turf course. The fact that the track is only 6 furlongs in length, while accounting for this sharpness, emphasises the disadvantages necessarily due to an outside position at the starting barrier.

The central position of the course, combined with the absence of a second suitable grass track, has been the main factor in rendering possible its successful use for racing, despite its natural disadvantages.

At the same time, this central position and the limited area available prevent any extension of the track or any probabilityThf its conversion into a good racecourse.
Moreover, there is not enough room for an extension of the stands and ether  appointments sufficient to accommodate such numbers of patrons as even now frequently 'attend. Eagle Farm. -

In short, this racecourse• and its appOintmentS are'inadequate to the needs of to-day, :and the well-being of. the racing public would be ,better served by the early substitution of a grass course of more suitable characteristics and with better appointments.


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Note there was no Flat I'm sure the Flat was there at the top of the straight and as for converting the Creek to grass that never happened and how shrewd were John Wren and his partner he  had his fingers in every pie buying low and selling high.

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« 2019-Jul-03, 06:14 PM Reply #1962 »
Brisbane Racing Club appoints new chief executive
about an hour ago by AAP

New BRC chief executive Tony PartridgeImage: News Corp
The Brisbane Racing Club has appointed former Australian Turf Club executive Tony Partridge as its new chief executive.

He will replace David Whimpey who completed five years in the job last week.

Partridge will take up his position with the BRC from August 5.

He was selected from applicants from across Australia and overseas to lead Queensland's largest racing club.

Partridge is a return by the club to a chief executive with a racing background after Whimpey whose experience was more in the business world.

Partridge has background in racing and sport and wider commercial experience.

He was the chief operating officer and acting chief executive of the Australian Turf Club until 2017.

In almost four years across those roles, Partridge led commercial and operations for Sydney's only race club.

More recently Partridge has worked for Deloitte providing commercial advisory services to sports and entertainment clients in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

A lawyer by profession, Partridge joined the ATC after a long period at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.

As general counsel and commercial director, he helped to grow the ANZ Stadium business after the Olympics to the stage where it regularly conducted over 50 events each year.

He has also worked with the four codes of football, cricket and concert promoters on major events and with broadcasters, wagering providers, suppliers and major sponsors in the racing industry.

Partridge said he was excited to be joining the Brisbane Racing Club at a time when the future was so bright.

"The club has a solid strategic plan in place to build upon. I look forward to working with the BRC team and all stakeholders on elevating Queensland's premium racing events, improving member and customer experiences, attracting new customers and growing the business," he said.

BRC chairman Neville Bell said Partridge's appointment was another positive step during a busy time for the club.

"Tony will join the BRC at an exciting time. The Master Plan continues to advance, creating the most dynamic racing precinct in the country," Bell said.

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« 2019-Oct-23, 06:34 PM Reply #1963 »
NEVILLE BELL RE-ELECTED AS BRC CHAIRMAN
Wednesday 23 October, 2019
Mark Oberhardt
Neville Bell has been returned as chairman of the Brisbane Racing Club and believes Queensland's premier club can look forward to a bright future.

About 150 members attended the BRC's annual general meeting on Wednesday where the club declared a $779,000 profit.

At the meeting Bell and committeemen Steve Gagel and Simon Gleeson were returned unopposed.

Bell, who has been chairman for seven years, said the BRC's master plan of diversifying the clubs interests had paid dividends and those benefits were set to increase further.

The BRC has interests in a residential unit complex, child minding centre, shopping centre, two licensed clubs and an aged care village that is under construction.

"It would be interesting to see how many other race clubs in Australia would have declared a bottom-line profit this year. Probably not a lot," Bell said.

"I think our plan is working and can only further boost our future prospects."

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