The Doomben Queensland Oaks meeting was put on hold after jockeys raised concerns about the state of the track in the back straight after the fifth race the BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
A deputation of jockeys led by Jim Byrne, Kerrin McEvoy and Craig Wiliams joined track staff and stewards to inspect the section of the track.
After 40 minutes chief steward Allan Reardon returned and called all jockeys, trainers, owners and the media into an impromptu conference.
“The situation is we hoped the light roller on the area would allow us to continue. That doesn’t appear to have happened,” Reardon said.
“The alternatives are to just go out and ride on it and plot your own course. Or to bring the rail out two metres which will take about an hour.”
The track has been downgraded to the soft range.
Stewards have decided to move the rail out so remainder of Dmbn meeting can proceed. Will take an hour. Means last race will be lost. #Superracing
— Nathan Exelby (@xlbnathan_cmail) May 26, 2018