TONY GOLLAN CONFIDENT EAGLE FARM TRACK WILL BE BACK TO ITS BEST FOR WINTER CARNIVAL
TOP trainer Tony Gollan says he now has confidence the revamped Eagle Farm track will be fabulous for racing during the 2017 Queensland Winter Carnival.
The Stradbroke was in the news on Friday with wagering company UBET taking over as naming sponsor from longstanding commercial partner AAMI.
The iconic sprint will now be known as the UBET Stradbroke under a three-year deal struck between the betting company and Brisbane Racing Club.
Importantly, trainers are finally starting to believe the track will be a proud asset for next year's Stradbroke.
The new surface copped plenty of flak during this year's Carnival and there are remaining issues, with jockeys mostly refusing to go near the fence.
However the general consensus is the track has made giant strides in recent months and should be in tip-top shape for next year's Carnival.
"Eagle Farm has made great improvement since the winter" Gollan said.
"Everyone's understanding of the track is improving. People are still learning about the management of the track and it is definitely still softer near the fence. "But the bottom line is that everyone now has a lot more confidence in the track going into next year"
Tatts Group CEO Robbie Cooke and UBET chief operating officer Brendan Parnell joined BRC chairman Neville Bell at Eagle Farm on Friday to announce the fresh sponsorship deal.
"The Stradbroke is a highlight in the state?s sport and social calendar, and as Queensland's official wagering operator it is really great to have the opportunity to be the official sponsor of this famous event" Mr Cooke said.
"We have worked very closely with the BRC on upgrading UBET's presence on-site as part of the Eagle Farm upgrade and we look forward to continuing that strong association into the future."
The UBET Stradbroke will be run on June 10 next year.