Eagle Farm track report delayed

Kickback from the Eagle Farm track.

The delivery of a crucial report into the future of the Eagle Farm racetrack has been put back at least a week.

The independent report by Victorian racing administrator Dale Monteith was expected to be handed down this week.

But it will not be ready until next week due to delays with testing.

A Racing Queensland spokesman said the report would be delivered to the Minister for Racing, Grace Grace, on or before July 28.

“She directed the Racing Queensland Board to take all necessary steps to rectify the track and ensure it is fit for purpose,” the spokesman said.

“As part of the direction, Ms Grace requested a full briefing within four weeks of any steps the board is taking, including obtaining independent expert advice to rectify the track.”

“The track-testing regime was delayed due to rain and an extension to the ministerial deadline was sought and received.”

He said RQ had kept the minister’s office updated on progress and would work with all stakeholders to ensure best-practice strategies are in place to return Eagle Farm to racing as soon as possible.

Credit: AAP

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