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MY CALL - REVAMPED 2015 WINTER CARNIVAL FORMAT COULD STILL DO WITH SOME LATE TINKERING

By David Fowler | Tuesday, October 28, 2014

David Fowler is the principal thoroughbred caller for Radio TAB. David, who is a keen form student and punter, has enjoyed a lifetime involvement in the racing media. His personal blog, ‘My Call’, appears exclusively on HRO.

And so the revamped 2015 Carnival format has been released!

This blog staunchly resisted change but the makeover is not as drastic as I thought it might be.

We are basically two meetings less and two weeks shorter at the back end with the last Saturday in April remaining as the traditional starting point.

Brisbane Racing Club has lost a meeting, Toowoomba has been elevated to stand-alone Saturday status and Caloundra has experienced a significant shift forward from late June to mid-May.

To delve further and pinpoint some drawbacks in the specific programming is not “nit-picking” because the strength of the carnival always lay in its excellent progression of races for each category.

So here’s some “nit-picking”.

The Roses is the traditional 2000m lead-up to the 2400m Queensland Oaks, separated by a fortnight. Yet in the 2015 model, The Roses is run on Doomben 10,000 day, May 23, only a week before the Oaks scheduled for the 30th.

Surely this can’t happen and the The Roses must be run at the Caloundra meet over 2200m a week earlier as there is no 2000m starting point.

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