Gold Coast Could Produce A Shock Dead Rating

By: Ryan Clark
May 5th, 2011

Against all odds it looks as if Queensland’s unpredictable weather in 2011 could level out enough to improve the state of the surface remarkably in Surfers Paradise.

Track manager at the Gold Coast Turf Club Steve Andrews has a renewed confidence that the grounds will dry out enough to be rated a Dead 5 by the time Prime Minsters Cup day kicks off this Saturday.

That seemed no chance earlier in the week and as of Thursday the track is still saturated with a current grading of a Heavy 8.

“With the good weather forecasted I reckon we might get a dead (5),” Andrews said.

“It’s still heavy in a few spots but there is good grass coverage.”

The fine weather is the key with any more rain, however slight, likely to lock in a slow track on race day.

Still, there’s cause for optimism with the current forecasts predicting clear skies for the next few days with temps hitting at least 25 degrees.

The grass itself is in great condition with the rail to remain unchanged on Saturday.

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