Trainers and owners involved in Saturday’s feature $2 million Gold Coast race meeting have been left out of pocket with Racing Queensland knocking back a suggestion that they be compensated for the sub-par racing surface.

Gold Coast turf track
The Gold Coast turf track prior to its recent renovation (Photo: Regi Varghese/Getty Images)

The Gold Coast turf track, which was only re-opened in January after a major reconstruction, was highly criticised for the way it raced during Saturday’s Jewel meeting, with significant kickback making it impossible for those horses racing back in the field to make ground.

The track had undergone sandgrooving since it hosted the Magic Millions meeting in January and that, combined with the fact the grass was cut short, meant for a troubled surface when the track was tested under race conditions.

The Straight has been told that there was a difference of opinion between Gold Coast Turf Club and Racing Queensland over how the renovation process should be handled with Racing Queensland winning out.

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