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Original Post 2008-Dec-22, 09:40 AM

Clifford Park, Toowoomba, is one of the State's largest training centres, supplying many winners to tracks around SE Qld.

In a controversial move, the Toowomba Turf Club installed a new Cushion track as the course proper in the first half of 2009.

The first meeting on the new surface was held on Saturday, July 11, 2009.  The meeting was run in the late afternoon/evening under "metropolitan conditions" and included the historic Weetwood Handicap and Toowoomba Cup.  Before a crowd of 8000, visitor VOICE COMMANDER won the Weetwood for young Nick Olive; JUSSEMI won the Cup for local Rex Lipp.

Let's use this thread for comments on racing at Toowoomba.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2013, the grass track reopens.







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2013-Dec-31, 12:45 PM

Doesn't water seep thru StrathAyr surface quicker & then drain to inside via pipes,etc underneath the surface. 
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2013-Dec-31, 02:51 PM

I hope the new track comes up trumps, but I doubt a verdict can or will be made after just one meeting.
The concerns from a couple of trainers I have spoken with  is the overall width of the track.

Many on here have argued rightly or wrongly about the size of our two city tracks in relation to runner numbers.
As long as all the horses are given an equal chance and all get through unscathed  then that's all that can be asked for.

The Bernborough handicap looks a good race on paper as does the F/M quality handicap .
I'll be interested to see how Miss Imagica handles the new track. She was almost unbeatable on the cushion shown by winning two Weetwoods.

Best of luck to the club. Thumb Up
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2013-Dec-31, 05:35 PM

Baker, I would have loved to be there, but me in Tmba at night?????? Nurse Crachett said no.
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2013-Dec-31, 06:58 PM

Doesn't water seep thru StrathAyr surface quicker & then drain to inside via pipes,etc underneath the surface. 


El Z, it's a just a fancy name for a sand based profile over a couple of drainage layers, it has fibers incorporated into the growing medium to help keep it bound together.

All sand based profiles will drain quicker than a heavier loam or even clay profile.

The majority get drained towards the middle as that is where the majority of the water supplies would be stored, plus most courses have a camber towards the rail, this aids surface moisture to move that way as well. 
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2013-Dec-31, 07:20 PM

Great call on the 7th race there.  tongue
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2013-Dec-31, 07:23 PM

Poor old Pat.
Hate to be critical but that was a shocker. 

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2013-Dec-31, 09:10 PM

Poor old Pat.
Hate to be critical but that was a shocker. 




Sad  slaphead

maybe time ?  how old is pat ?
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2013-Dec-31, 09:15 PM

Pat is in his early sixties.Just out of hospital after having a toe & part of his foot cut off.
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2013-Dec-31, 09:36 PM

Pat is in his early sixties.Just out of hospital after having a toe & part of his foot cut off.


whilst not trying to be to critical

my mind works in weird ways , so sorry for the next comment  shy

wouldn't of been to much to swallow  Shrug

sorry Pat 
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2013-Dec-31, 11:11 PM

On reflection ... we get a pretty good deal at our end.
Racecallers have to be spot on at all stages of a race.

To call a field accurately under lights requires hyper-concentration and hyper-alertness for at least the +/- 1m 40s of that race.

Not making excuses - Pat will have an explanation - but we become so used to picture-perfect calls, that any stumble
is going to stand out like a crow in a snow-storm. yes - this one was pretty messy as stuff-ups go.

But the bird has flown ... it happened. I was more shocked than anything - last thing expected.

Will be curious now to hear what actually happened to Pat. Certainly not his form, that's for sure.
Hope he's ok. He'd have been devastated, poor bloke.
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2013-Dec-31, 11:36 PM

He completely S..... up the call.

Missing or not getting the name of the winner was the "mistake" but he seemed to panic when he
could not get the name of Scorpio Queen.
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2013-Dec-31, 11:50 PM

Quite simply not good enough in this day & age
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2014-Jan-01, 12:09 AM

I'd be prepared to cut him some slack - anaesthetic is well-known in my circles for
causing short term memory difficulties. It eventually improves.

I'm inclined to think this is what happened, but time will tell what the official explanation is.

Happy New Year all ... good punting this year - I've got plans  lol
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2014-Jan-01, 08:32 AM

Nothing but praise for the new surface and acclaim for the change from synthetic to turf.  With the Caloundra synthetic now used mainly for training, what the bloody thing is designed for, we say farewell to one of the few visible remnants of the Bentley era reforms in Qld racing. 

I have asked Mr Dixon to get in touch with the people at Google to photoshop the course proper green, so that all reminders of this terrible surface is gone.

Onya TTC.  May you long prosper. 
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2014-Jan-01, 08:49 AM

Yes, all looked good for the opener last night.

We can now plan to do some punting on Saturday evenings.

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