Norton defends decision to water Caulfield track
In response to Peter Moody’s online criticism, Jake Norton, the Melbourne Racing Club’s executive director of racing operations, defended the club’s decision to water the track on race morning:
“The reality is we have to prepare a track in line with the (industry) policy and it’s very difficult to keep in line with policy in days like today if you don’t irrigate on race morning.
Peter Moody’s opinion on tracks is one that I respect more than most if not all commentators on the matter but what is also true is we face a huge amount of criticism from trainers, jockeys, owners if we don’t have what is considered sufficient give.
Track managers face a real conundrum and we understand that on certain days it is going to suit certain horses and on others, it will suit others. But I think the fact that Tofane led and won in the CF Orr probably suggests that any perception of pattern was probably unfair.”