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Doomben fate hangs in balance


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The fate of the Doomben meeting hangs in the balance with a decision on whether it proceeds to be made early on Wednesday.

A total of 157mm of rain has been recorded at Doomben over the past seven days and more is forecast.

The track was rated a heavy (10) on Tuesday and a false rail has been erected 7.5 metres out, extending to eight metres along the Nudgee Road side of the track.

Stewards inspected Doomben on Tuesday afternoon and declared the track safe for racing despite the recent deluge and will inspect it again at 6am (AEST).

“The meeting is going ahead at this stage. The track is very heavy but safe for racing,” steward Daniel Aurich said.

“The worst sections are near the winning post, the 700 metres and the 950 metres.

“If the track remains the same we can race but it will all depend if more rains falls overnight.”

Rob Heathcote is one trainer anxiously awaiting a decision so he can decide whether to start Gundy Sun in the Manildra Pty Ltd Plate (1200m).

Gundy Son is also entered for the rescheduled Group Three George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Heathcote is reluctant to start the five-year-old on a heavy track first-up.

Gundy Son has been placed on a heavy track and won an 860-metre barrier trial at Doomben on November 23 in preparation for his comeback.

The son of Falvelon hasn’t started since finishing fifth to Tightrope in a 1200-metre class six at Eagle Farm on June 26.

“I’d prefer not to start Gundy Son first-up on a heavy track,” Heathcote said.

“He won the big Class Six Plate on Magic Millions day this year and I’m getting him ready for the same race next month.

“Running first-up on a wet track is not ideal although he trialled sensationally when he won by five lengths at Doomben last month.”

Gundy Son, a Jim Byrne mount, has won five of his 20 starts and has a good record on rain-affected tracks.

From five starts on slow tracks, Gundy Son has been successful once and placed three times while he ran second at his only start on a heavy track.