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Explained: Why Eagle Farm can handle huge rainfall

Up to 150mm of rain is forecasted over the coming days, which would make it all but impossible to race at Doomben, should it arrive, leaving some trainers already planning as if the meeting will be held at Eagle Farm. With officials making a proactive decision on Monday to push back Wednesday’s acceptances, a venue will need to be decided on before then. While Doomben was already into the heavy range on Tuesday morning, Eagle Farm received rave reviews, despite just being across the road. “It is simply because it is a sand-based profile that was designed to drain and that is what it does,” track manager Jim Roberts said. “Doomben is more of a conventional profile, and while it still drains, it is not as fast as this.“You will find it (Doomben) holds more moisture in the top and that was evident when we walked it yesterday, it was very soft on top where this one (Eagle Farm) wasn’t because it has already drained through.“It was 150mm per hour of drainage here (Eagle Farm) at one point, it can drain quick, really quickly.”Provided there is no rain during the races on Saturday, Roberts is confident Eagle Farm would race in the good to soft range.“If they were racing when it was pouring rain, it would change the situation here,” he said. “But if it was OK on race day, the track here will be fine.“It could get to soft, it is probably close to there this morning but it never gets much worse than that here.”Trainers of a number of high-profile horses will not make a decision on whether they run or not until a track is selected on Wednesday.

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