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Nolan goes into bat for Doomben 10,000

Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan has added his voice to a growing industry chorus speaking against a proposed move to revamp Queensland's famous Doomben 10,000.
Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan has added his voice to a growing industry chorus speaking against a proposed move to revamp Queensland's famous Doomben 10,000. Kevin Farmer

LEADING Toowoomba trainer Michael Nolan has voiced his surprise and disapproval of any move to tamper with the future of Queensland's Group One Doomben 10,000.

The 10-time Clifford Park premier who took out the famed 10,000 in 1999 with Laurie's Lottery for Toowoomba owner Kim McCasker was commenting on a Racing Queensland proposal to move the race to Eagle Farm from next year.

The possible move was put forward in an RQ Winter Carnival discussion paper.

Other proposed carnival changes include moving the Listed Two-Year-Old Dalrello Stakes from Clifford Park on April 8 to Eagle Farm on April 29.

RQ claim the proposals - which includes the 10,000 changing in distance from 1350 to 1300 metres on May 27 as a lead-in to the Group One Stradbroke (1400m) two weeks later - is based on "the racing pattern and commercial opportunities".

But Nolan believes any tampering with the 10,000 "doesn't make sense" and has added his voice to feedback against the idea.

"I think what we need to ask is who comes up these proposals and why?" Nolan said.

"To move an historic race from Doomben to Eagle Farm just doesn't make sense.

"I'm sure if they consulted experienced racing people they would have a better understanding of why people are against it.

"It's a silly idea in my opinion.

"Doomben is a great track with a great surface that offers a different type of racing to Eagle Farm.

"If it was to be moved for monetary reasons, what would be the gain?

"The 10,000 is an iconic race that doesn't need to be interfered with.

"It's not broken so I say leave well enough alone."

Toowoomba Turf Club CEO Blair Odgers said the club would provide its feedback to the Dalrello Stakes transfer proposal after its next committee meeting later this month.

"We've received advice on the proposal and we'll formulate our response after our board next meets," Odgers said.

"Our initial thoughts were disappointment about the possibility of losing the race, but for now it's only at the discussion stage."

Odgers said requesting a delay in shifting the race is one option open to the club.

If the Dalrello is lost to the stand-alone Weetwood day meeting, TTC would also consult with RQ about the race being replaced and lost prize money being compensated.

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