RACING: Much to its credit, the Sunshine Coast Turf Club continues to take a heavy racing schedule in its stride.
In the last month, starting October 28 and ending tomorrow, November 27, the club will have hosted nine race meetings, incorporating 73 races during which time the racing surface would have been pounded under full racing conditions by more than five hundred horses.
This commitment to the cause has been well documented in recent years, but it is well worth another look at this time as the club's performance emphasises the importance of a 'go to track' in South East Queensland.
It could be the option when other tracks are taking strain and need a break or are out of action altogether, or when Racing Queensland needs a venue to trial an extended day/night race meeting.
While the statistics mentioned above are impressive enough in themselves, they absolutely glow when presented in comparison to other racing venues. Weighing in against the Sunshine Coast's nine meetings in the period mentioned above, Toowoomba had six meetings, Eagle Farm and the Gold Coast had five meetings each, Ipswich had four meetings and Doomben had two meetings.
And for all the weight of work it has to endure, jockeys still roundly consider that the Sunshine Coast track is the best in South East Queensland.
It is so easy to dwell on the many points of vigorous, sometimes negative, debate in Queensland racing and if that can somehow help move the industry towards a positive outcome, it does serve a purpose.
But, all too often the existing positives are not acknowledged for their true worth.
Murray Weeding and his team of track staff are achieving more than just doing something right with the Sunshine Coast track.
Through their hard work and applied expertise they are setting the standard by which all other clubs in South East Queensland are judged and it would seem that, for the foreseeable future at least, the lead they have taken in this particular race is not under any threat.
*Graham Potter is the Managing Editor of the popular website horseracingonly.com.au
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