With turf yet to be laid, the track is no chance to be ready in time for next year’s winter carnival. Assuming that’s the case, participants should be given as long as possible to prepare for that scenario. It won’t be a pretty announcement to make, because the delays have been mystifying, but the call needs to be made so everyone can move forward. As stated previously, if another couple of months will be of long-term benefit to the success of the “new” track, then sacrificing the carnival will be a necessary evil, albeit an exclamation mark on a sad four-year debacle. Debacle: The dormant Eagle Farm track where the new turf is yet to be laid. Picture: Nathan ExelbySource:Supplied RACEDAY FOCUS: TERANG WINNING EDGE: JUNGLE THRIVES IN WET WINNING FEELING: THE TESTING MATERIAL BOWDITCH: VIDDORA DESERVES SHOT AT EVEREST Assuming the five Group 1 meetings will all be run at Doomben, it is then likely the carnival will require another reshuffle, similar to what unfolded in 2015 when Winx won the Sunshine Coast Guineas at Caloundra’s brought-forward cup meeting. Having five consecutive Saturdays of Group 1 racing at Doomben would be unprecedented. In 2015 the BTC Cup and Doomben Cup were run on the same day, the carnival then went to Caloundra, before ­returning to Doomben for three consecutive Saturdays of Group 1 racing. RQ and the BRC need to make an announcement on the fate of the carnival a priority. No end in sight for ongoing Eagle Farm track fiasco. Picture: Nathan ExelbySource:Supplied TRAINERS GO THE DISTANCE TO SOLVE ISSUE LOCAL trainers are calling for drastic changes to the programming of staying races in southeast Queensland. The Queensland branch of the Australian Trainers Association claims poor programming has led to a demise in the local staying ranks and the reason Saturday distance races are being dominated by interstate runners. Most notably, Chris Waller has won five of the past six Saturday staying races. “Whilst we continue to neglect the stayers we have here as young horses, they will continue to leave our trainers’ stables to go south once they show their ability and the trainers over the border will bring their ‘B’ graders up here and