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‘Bool Day 3 rail to be moved out

‘Bool Day 3 rail to be moved out

The rail for Day 3 of the Warrnambool May Carnival will be moved out 4m from the 800-metre mark to the winning post – and be kept in the True for the remainder – as track staff attempt to stem the influence of an obvious leader-biased track.

Warrnambool Racing Club track manager Dermott O’Connor said he is hopeful Day 3 will not have the same on-pace problems that beset the second day – and to a lesser degree the opening day – with the club set to undertake measures to even out the track.

“It’s a bit tough to say right now at the moment as to what has happened,” he said before stewards had confirmed the extent of the movement. “There are a few things we need to properly look into, so I think it’s wrong to speculate on what it could be.

“It’s a matter of trying to rectify those issues, how to fix those issues, so that is what we are looking into today.

 

“Hopefully, tomorrow morning, we won’t have those issues.

“There will be definitely be a rail movement of some sort. That’s a no-brainer.

“There’s a potential roll of the track, but we’ve got to decide what sorts of weights we put on and there’s appropriate patching to be done.

“You can’t deny there have been quite a few leaders winning, so when there is a situation like that, you have to fix it.

“As track manager, you take full responsibility for the situation.”

Social media was full of negative comments concerning the track when winner after winner led the field up on the inside rail before kicking clear of their rivals.

Even in the Benchmark 120 Steeplechase, the winning rider Will Gordon took his mount Tom Foolery back to the rail after jumping the last and he ran down the leader Sivar late to score.

O’Connor said conditions have hardly been ideal in the lead-up to the 2024 carnival.

“To be honest, we’ve been irrigating for the last six months as we’re pretty much in a drought,” he said.

“You can move out as far as you want to, but it’s about the most-appropriate location. We need to have a discussion with the stewards, so we’ll wait.

“In a weird sense, there’s a silver lining in it all that we can actually fix it. So, we’ll have a proper assessment and we’ll go from there.”

Racing Victoria chief steward Rob Montgomery had also said stewards would consult with the track staff so as to identify the best position for the Day 3 rail, before announcing the movement following Wednesday’s meeting.

Warrnambool
2 May 2024
Rail