Caulfield Cup Day 2018 - Rob Waterhouse

Caulfield Cup Day 2018 - ROB WATERHOUSE

I thoroughly enjoyed Caulfield Cup day, this despite the punters shooting straight for the majority of the meeting and finishing well in front of us bookies.

While I am normally very complimentary to the Caulfield track boss, Jason Kerr, but I was indeed perplexed why, for their premiere meeting, it was both irrigated (almost an inch) and the Verti-Drained Caulfield. Madness to me.

The Verti-Drain (a big machine that puts spokes into the turf to aerate it) is a great idea for three months later, but not the day before their showcase event. I have no doubt, the irrigation in conjunction with the Verti-Drain led to times for the day reflecting what I have classed as a heavy track.

I know readers might laugh at my track rating (for accuracy I marked the sprints a slow7, the balance a heavy 8) but apart from the irrigation, the Verti-drain, there was a 20k-head wind in the straight and 5 mils rain on the day.

The horses that were known handle heavy going tightened noticeably in betting all day; while those that were suspect on the going eased. Heavy in my book.

I note Mick Goodie (formerly track manager of Flemington) said today: “Having been there and done it, I feel for Jason Kerr. The worst thing I ever did was to water against everything I normally do and had a disastrous carnival in 2015. To prepare tracks with a lot of give is a ‘disaster waiting to happen. Tracks will deteriorate.” I hope the Caulfield Committee read his wise words.



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