How to Fix Eagle Farm in Ten Simple Steps – One of the World’s Top Race Track Prep Men Gives Us the Drum

When I was a kid that was this ad on TV for toothbrushes, and the bloke in it recommended the brand, but always had his back facing you and never showed his face. 

That was because he was a dentist, and couldn’t show his face.

It was a great ad, very serious and compelling, and it worked. The sales of the toothbrushes went through the roof.

But no-one ever told us what stopped a dentist from showing his face. 30 years later and I’m still wondering. Or I was until a learnt a couple of years ago who the actor was, and almost fell off my chair. It’s a small world racing.

I can’t tell the denist’s real name, but I can tell you why the person who has provided us with the secret to fixing the Farm on the cheap, and without ripping it up and starting again, can’t show his face.

It’s because he’s one of the world’s best track curators, and prepares a course that is the envy of the world. And he’s not the sort of bloke to bad others, and wouldn’t.

I have some pretty good, extremely diverse and very widespread sources, if you haven’t already realised by now. I never give them up though, not even in idle conversation with my wife or my closest mates. That’s why they keep talking to me.

If you knew who this track guru was, you would feast on his every word.

I hope the people in charge of Eagle Farm do.

1. My information was that the base of Eagle Farm Track initially when rebuilt consisted of chemical residue waste soil of no real quality.

2. The re construction of the Track when it did not race or knit correctly to form a solidified racing surface did not remove this deep seated residue base.

3.  The previous Curator Mr Goodie then applied a sandy type soil to make the track pervious and quick draining but the real problem still exists at the base of the track.

4. Grass does not grow effectively down at the beach and now the Track compacts upon usage and the water when it rains or is applied goes straight through the various soil layers and a solid foundation of grass cannot take hold.The subject moisture also travels down to the acidic chemical soil at the bottom of the track.The track surface can harden significantly and the grass grown has no substance to it.

5. The way to get this track going again is to create the PH of the bottom base from acid to alkaline by applying limestone water and top dressing, with dolomite initially, and then apply water so the alkaline fluid soaks down to neutralize the chemicalised acidic base.Rains will also come and the same effect applies.

6. Once the bottom base is neutralized and tested via core soil sampling testing the PH and fertility of the bottom base then the real work begins to simply grow grass.

7. Now the current top soil / sand at present  would also consist of an acidic PH and needs to be suitably reconditioned.By continual top dressing of a dark sandy soil and applying organic fertilizer of high quality and an alkaline PH the grass will grow and the the root systems take hold and are not poisoned.A mixture of sandy soil plus organic fertilizer creates still a slower pervious draining system but the grown grass is simply much stronger and the roots become strong and resilient. Alkaline not acidic moisture will also travel upwards from the newly created neutralized base.Water consistently moves pending on the soil type applicable.

8. Then once the grass grows stay off it.Mow the grass then roll the track.Apply more fertilizer and alkaline soil then water again.The grass grows then  roll and apply and do it on a weekly basis.One has to grow strong organic grass that has a solidified root system.The new top soil being of a sandy nature will blend with the current top soil.

9. Once horses start trialling and racing on the new grass it will still be a bit shaky but in time solidify again by plugging the divets with the identical sandy soil not river or beach sand.Big mistake by Curators all around Australia plugging holes with white sand.Grass does not grow at the beach.

10. The system of moving rails out etc only applies if inclement weather creates track bias.It is easier to repair the total track playing fair than repair sections that actually contribute to the bias.

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