Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

It,COs Good for Wet-Trackers to Get Day in the Sun

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

It,COs Good for Wet-Trackers to Get Day in the Sun

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THE Sunshine Coast Turf Club may have emerged a bit battered and bruised from the treatment meted out to it by the weather gods at last weekendCOs stand-alone Saturday meeting, but the club can hold its head up high after taking a fixture that looked to be a possible non-starter all the way through to the sixth race of an eight-race program.

The resilience of the track, the determination of decision-making officials and the wholehearted co-operation of the participants merged together to show what could be overcome, seemingly against the odds, the core of racing packed down together and pushed the same scrum.

There has got to be a lesson for somebody in there somewhere!

As the effects of the Cyclone Oswald slipped closer to the Coast, a late downpour finally put an end to the Sunshine Coast Cup meeting and the hopes of those involved in the last two races. That was the downside.

The whole day was, in a sense, a throwback to a time when racing had no option but to fit in with weather patterns.

Then there could be no knee-jerk reaction to divert a meeting under threat to a cushion track. In the balance of things, this was nature merely giving the wet-trackers their time to shine Co and why not?

If that was their advantage and the time came to use it, good luck to them.

Chances are, the preference of these runners can be found in their respective form-lines Co and that information appeals to punters, who can then make an informed choice, or as much of an informed choice as possible in a game that is called gambling.

The wet-trackers have a right to their C[pounds sterling]day in the sunC[yen], so to speak, as much as the runners who need a firm track to race at their best.

Last Saturday week, Caloundra was a wet-trackerCOs delight.

TALKING of cushion tracks, as far as I can gather, no consideration was given to switching the Cup meeting to that surface. …

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