Dear Long Suffering Member
While many people are taking a well-earned break over the coming weeks, the racing schedule increases with our best meeting of the summer carnival.
On Saturday, December 30, Doomben will host an outstanding day of racing at the Road to Magic Millions Member & Friends Raceday. Four races will offer the winners direct entry into the Magic Millions program at the Gold Coast on January 13. They include our new race – the $150,000 The Buffering (1350m) along with the $125,000 Listed Nudgee Stakes (1200m), the $100,000 Listed Falvelon Quality (1050m) and the $100,000 Shoot Out Quality (2200m). We will also stage the $200,000 Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) and the $300,000 Listed Bernborough Handicap (1600m). It will be a superb day and I look forward to seeing you at Doomben.
The Eagle Farm track redevelopment reached a milestone this week with the laying of turf.
All 50 metres of it on the turn out of the straight, laid just 4 months behind schedule and far too late to allow us to hold the Winter Carnival at Headquarters. Don’t bother asking us the real reason for the delay, or why we found it so difficult to source the key new elements of the track – sand and grass – when they appear to the untrained eye to be in abundance in Queensland in summer. I’m sure that Archie Butterfly will be able to explain it to you.
(Editor’s note: Too right I will)
It’s great to have grass back on the track particularly in this growing season. For a closer look at the progress of the redevelopment, watch the drone footage taken this week by Dalton Consulting Engineers (at top).
Yes Dalton Consulting are still on board and managing the project despite the monumental f*ck ups the last two times around. Third time lucky is my motto, and besides you have to look after your mates, and they are mine.
Racing Queensland continues to manage the redevelopment, which is set for a return to racing next spring.
We’ve had important announcements for our track managers this week.
On Saturday, we acknowledged Jim Roberts’ outstanding 30 years’ service at Doomben. Jim has been a wonderful servant for the track and he remains at the top of his game.
On Tuesday, Sean Bridges submitted his resignation as Eagle Farm track manager after almost a decade with the BRC. We will miss Sean and we wish him all the best in his next step. He’s worked tirelessly at Eagle Farm and we’ve benefited from Sean’s expertise, skill and excellent nature.
We will consider a restructure of our track management in the coming weeks
(Well we will pretend to anyway because the staff have a union EBA and we have to be seen to be considering their views so that it looks like we are abiding by the consultation clause in the agreement. Really we on the board and in senior management – who have never built or maintained a track in our lives – have already made the decisions, and mark my words they are fantastic too, just like the decision we made in March to bring Evergreen back to finish the job they had started of f*cking the track by dumping 21 tonnes of phosphate based fertiliser on it in a fortnight).
It’s been great to see so many Members’ families attend our free Christmas Movies presented by Coca Cola this week. We’re showing a family Christmas movie each night this week on our big screen. We had more than 200 people attend the first night including many of our Members.
(Well some of them were anyway, we think. It was dark and it was hard to see, especially with all the staff and the water tank blocking the view.
Yes we did make a few too many picnic hampers and very few sold, but the 120 employees and their families in attendance did enjoy the untouched free leftovers after the movie was over, as did the 30 odd board members families, and I am sure the other staff will enjoy the hampers for lunch tomorrow before they go off.
As for the other 50 or so non-paying local neighbours who showed up? Well I guess they ate at home).
On behalf of the BRC, I wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year.
I hope you get time to rest with family and friends in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your support of the BRC throughout 2017.
Yours sincerely
Nifty Neville Bell
Chairman