NEW DATE FOR RODEO BUT MAGIC MILLIONS IN DOUBT
Written on the 11 January 2011
THE National Finals Rodeo to be contested this week on the Gold Coast has been postponed until April 7-10 due to floods, while Magic Millions organisers still take a punt on the weather.
“The biggest issue is not the Gold Coast, but the bucking bulls and rodeo horses are stuck 1000 miles away in floods,” he says.
Gold Coast Turf Club Chairman Andrew Eggleston is confident the Bundall racecourse will be in a condition to host this Saturday’s feature raceday. The track received 28mm rain in the past 24 hours, but escaped the worst of the rain that hit Brisbane and the outer areas of the capital city today.
“The Gold Coast Turf Club track is widely regarded as the best wet weather track in Queensland, if not Australia,” he says.
"It is also Australia's most raced-on turf track, hosting 58 race meetings a year. It has superb natural drainage and needs the skies to clear for just a day between now and the weekend to achieve significant recovery. Racecourse Manager Steve Andrews and his team are working tirelessly to ensure we race the 2011 BMW Magic Millions Carnival on Saturday and we’re all very confident the track will prove itself."
Magic Millions managing director Stephen Silk (pictured) is ‘under the pump’ but hoping that forecast improved conditions tomorrow will result in the yearling sales and racing on Saturday going ahead as planned.
The Magic Millions is one of the Gold Coast’s premier sporting events and has become a multi-million dollar tourism phenomenon. Sales were down almost half last year compared to 2009 due to the economic downturn and organisers were hoping for a bumper 2011.