Update on the Eagle Farm course redevelopment published by the BRC in April 2016
Whimpey: (on the turf used at Eagle Farm)
We now have an Oakridge kaikoowah, ah kikooyah rather, grass built on a sand profile as put down by Evergreen the project managers.
The grass sown was actually named Kikuyu.
Evergreen were not the project manager, Racing Queensland were. They engaged a firm named Dalton Consulting Engineering as the Project Supervisor.
Evergreen Turf was simply a contractor.
Whimpey: (on the Buffering workout used to test the track)
The chop as we saw on the vision … was certainly a bit of a surprise to us. Look, that part of the track is still growing and …. (CUT).
Eagle Farm recommence racing just weeks after Whimpey made this statement.
It is clear from the vision of the workout by Buffering and his track gallop companion that there was a problem with the track. You can see the clods flying up in the still images below. This doesn’t happen on a properly formed track unless it is rated extremely heavy, usually a heavy 10 (or in New Zealand 11).
Although it was edited out by the producers before Whimpey went any further with his damning admissions, clearly the BRC CEO knew that the track was still yet to be properly established prior to the recommencement of racing.
So why did the club start racing on it?
It’s a bloody good question isn’t it?
One that perhaps might in time be answered once owners, trainers and jockeys who have lost income or revenue as a result of the closure of Eagle Farm begin to realise that they have an actionable claim for compensation and/or damages and start lawyering up.
Whimpey: (on fixing the track problems)
What we’ve done since then is apply some rigorous principles to uh, verity draining. We’ve got more dynamic lifter on the track, we’re cutting a little bit higher to create more sheer strength.
The drainage technique is actually called verti draining.
Verti draining is not ground breaking technology: it has been around since the Garden of Eden, and is essentially just spiking the turf.
Dynamic lifter should not have been applied at all according to Dale Monteith, and contributed to the problems with the turf that lead to the track closure.
So did cutting the grass high.
Whimpey: (on the expert advice the BRC was receiving about the track)
We’ve had all experts under the sun under the guise of Evergreen
Evergreen had handed over the track to the BRC in August 2015.
This video was made and published in April 2016. The ‘experts’ Evergreen had been off the scene at that stage for 8 months.
Whimpey: (again on the problems with the track seen during the Buffering gallop)
Since that, which was about 3 weeks ago, we’ve had significant improvement.
How could Whimpey so confidently assert the track had improved? There had been no further track gallops or testing of the track in that three weeks. So on what basis did he make the assertion?
Or was he just making it up as he went?
Whimpey: (pretending to be an expert about something he doesn’t understand)
This is something really intrigi ….. something that really intrigues me. The former track was on what’s called a negative camber. It was high set at the top end and coming down to low. The reason for that was obviously to have the drainage fall away from the rail. This (the new track) is actually a reverse camber, very much like a speedway.
A reverse camber is nothing like a speedway. Whimpey has no idea what he is talking about, and is simply spouting nonsense.
A negative camber runs from inside out, which means in the case of the old Eagle Farm track that it was slightly higher at the rail and ran away to the outside fence.
A positive camber runs from outside in, like Mooney Valley where the turns are banked and the level of the track runs down into the rail.
Negative and positive cambers look like this.
A reverse camber runs from both the inside and outside and down into the middle.
In the case of a racetrack this would mean that the ground is level at the rail and the outside fence, and runs down into the middle. Obviously this would be ridiculous because a drain would have to be placed in the middle of the track, and even if it were in times of heavy rain it would overload and the centre of the track would become a swimming pool.
The newly created but inoperative Eagle Farm course proper does not have a reverse camber, it has a positive camber.
Whimpey Dave is a fool.
Whimpey: (continuing to display his ignorance)
Look and its cambering does change around the track from a height of about 3.75 degrees down the main straight down toward to about 2 degrees. Most of height you’ll find on the turns. That’s obviously to create those superior racing lines and for those horses to come out of the chute as they’re gearing up to come down the main straight.
You’ll find most of the camber on turns on a racetrack?
Wow! Really? Funny that.
But what chutes?
There is only one at Eagle Farm, the 1000 metre chute.
What the hell is Whimpey on about?
And what racing lines?
Whimpey’s talking motor racing, not horses, and is completely oblivious to the fact.
Why on earth is this man running Queensland’s most important racing club? Or ruining it, anyway.