Racing returns to Eagle Farm on June 4

Eagle Farm

4 May 2016

Racing will return to Eagle Farm for the Queensland Oaks meeting on June 4, almost two years after the last race day was held there.

A mid-week test meeting planned for Wednesday May 11 was rescheduled to the Sunshine Coast to give the new track a little more time to mature, ahead of three Group One meetings planned for June.

BRC chief executive Dave Whimpey said the return to racing at Eagle Farm was set to become part of the history of racing and sport in Queensland.

“June 4 isn’t just an important day for Brisbane racing fans but it’s significant for sports fans across the state. Eagle Farm is one of our oldest sporting venues but it will be seen as a state-of-the-art racetrack after a significant upgrade,’’ Mr Whimpey said.

“We have a new track that will be the best in the country. It can cope with remarkable amounts of rain and still provide an excellent racing surface. 

“We will hold barrier trials on the track at a phantom meeting on May 19, just to make sure it’s ready for the return to racing on June 4.”

The UBET betting centre will be open for business to take bets on interstate TAB meetings that day, as will a strong contingent of bookmakers.

The reconstruction of the track has included the new vehicle and pedestrian tunnels, state-of-the-art drainage and irrigation systems, re-cambering, new fencing and running rails. 

Contractors have laid more than 90,000sqm of grass, about 20,000m of drainage pipe and brought in almost 70,000 cubic metres of sand.

In addition to the track works, Brisbane Racing Club has spent $5 million upgrading food and beverage outlets trackside, installed the biggest screen in the Southern Hemisphere, at a whopping 44m long and 11m high and introduced a modern betting area under the John Power Stand.

Watch Channel Nine’s recent news story about the refurbishments here.

Eagle Farm Racecourse

Racing Queensland Acting CEO Sam Adams said Racing Queensland and the Queensland racing industry as a whole was excited about the anticipated return of Eagle Farm for Queensland Oaks Day.

“Having Eagle Farm out of operation over the past two years has certainly been a challenge for the industry but the winning post is now in sight so to speak and we look forward to the unveiling of the new state-of-the-art Eagle Farm.

“Eagle Farm will be a punters paradise boasting the biggest display screen in the southern hemisphere and upgraded betting facilities, whilst it will also cater for non-traditional racegoers with the opening of modern restaurants and bars.

“From a wagering perspective, Eagle Farm has traditionally delivered the highest returns and we are excited about what the new-and-improved Eagle Farm will generate for the Queensland racing industry well into the future.”

What’s Next

The next phase of the BRC master plan includes construction of more than 400 infield stables to make way for the club’s $850M on-course residential apartment precinct, which will be delivered by Mirvac.

The BRC has partnered with the developer to deliver more than 1200 apartments in eight towers on the outside of the Eagle Farm home straight.

The Brisbane Racing Club’s $1.5 billion Master Plan will transform the historic area around Eagle Farm and Doomben racecourses, delivering residential, retail and hospitality precincts.

“There is a real buzz about this carnival because of the return to racing at Eagle Farm and the excitement of this Master Plan and how it will transform this area,” said the BRC CEO.

“It’s remarkable to think of how people jumped off boats to walk down Racecourse Road for the first meeting at Eagle Farm over 150 years ago. Now we’re getting set to resume racing at a venue that values its history while also surging into a new era that will make it one of the world’s premier racing and residential venues."

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