EAGLE FARM RACECOURSE
Eagle Farm Racecourse is located in the suburb of Ascot which is 7KM from Brisbane, and is situated very close to Doomben racecourse. It was established in 1863 and is now the premier racecourse in Brisbane. The Brisbane Cup is run at Eagle Farm racecourse.
The course can be easily reached via the Ascot railway station, and is well worth a visit.
Eagle Farm is quite a tight racecourse, with a circumference of 2027 metres. However the long sweeping turns and the long straight of 435 metres make it quite a fair racecourse to any type of runner. Having said this several of the races start on a turn so barrier position can be important.
This barrier is located on a chute of the main racecourse. There is a 400 metres run to the bend and therefore although inside barriers do have an advantage, the advantage isn't massive.
This is situated on the course proper with an angled run of only 180 metres to the first sweeping double turn. Inside barriers have a significant advantage.
They start at the beginning of the back straight, and with a 450 metre run to the bend, an inside barrier position although advantageous, is not crucial.
They start on the end of the turn into the back straight, and therefore an inside barrier position is a big advantage.
They start on the middle of the turn into the back straight, horses can't afford to be forced wide therefore an inside barrier position is a massive advantage.
With only a 100 Metre run into a sweeping turn inside barriers have a massive advantage.
Similar to the 2100M start, it is a big advantage to have an inside barrier position.
The Brisbane Cup start. They start at the 1200 metres start the first time around. This is situated on the course proper with an angled run of only 180 metres to the first sweeping double turn. If there is a big field there is nothing worse than being caught wide early in a 3200 metres race, and therefore it is a big advantage to be drawn on the inside.