MRC responds to track criticism
The Melbourne Racing Club will assess factors including sectional times and wind patterns before finalising its view on the performance of the Blue Diamond Stakes track.
The Caulfield surface was the main talking point out of the MRC’s biggest meeting in the second half of the racing season, with the ground closest to the fence seemingly superior.
Jake Norton, Executive Director – Racing and Membership at the MRC, said preparation for the meeting were perfect, but the club was keen to analyse a number of factors in particular in light of the way the track raced.
“We have data around soil moisture and things like that and, as far as preparation for the track is concerned, we couldn’t have asked for a better week,” Norton said.
“The amount of rain we had over the last week was around 40 mils, 60 mils in the last eight days, so from a track management perspective, it was perfect.
“We moved the rail out three metres from the last meeting on C.F. Orr Stakes Day, so all the ground was perfect across the track. As far as our preparation was concerned we couldn’t have been happier.
“In terms of the race patterns and race results, I’d like to see the times, the splits, the wind direction, things like that which often play a significant role in results and the way races are run here at Caulfield.”
Eight of the nine winners at Caulfield on Saturday were in the first three 800m from home, four of which led all the way.
The Blue Diamond meeting was conducted under sunny skies with temperatures in the low 20s.
After starting the meeting with a Good 4 rating, the track was upgraded to a Good 3 at 1.18pm, following the running of Race 2.