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Eagle Farm Farewells 149 Year Old Track
There have been countless highlights in a century and a half of racing at Eagle Farm but August 16, 2014, marks an important milestone in the history of this famous course. On this date the final Saturday metropolitan race meeting will be conducted at Eagle Farm Racecourse before the track closes for a total reconstruction. The works which allow for subtle improvements to the course proper layout will include major flood mitigation work infield to facilitate the building of 400 plus stables. The plans for the $22 million overhaul also include the inclusion of tunnels for the movement of horse floats and work trucks plus cars for infield parking and racegoers passage to the grandstands. To celebrate this landmark day for racing at Eagle Farm, the Brisbane Racing Club will host a range of activities for all ages to showcase the rich history of the course. Family friendly activities including a free jumping castle, face painting and live entertainment will take centre stage on the public lawn, while an open day will be held for the wonderful Racing Museum located on the upper floor of the old Tote building. The BRC will also be inviting all racegoers to take a nostalgic walk on the hallowed turf after the final race of the day. When the reconstruction is completed around the middle of next year Eagle Farm will boast state-of-the-art racing and training facilities. The course proper will be laid with a sand profile turf with an unparalleled drainage system which will direct water back into the infield dams. Once the track and stables section of the BRC Master Plan has been completed the focus will then turn to the development of residential, commercial and retail operation within the non-racing precinct at Eagle Farm and Doomben.