Track managers Liam O’Keeffe and James Dalton both say they keep off social media to avoid some of the pressure that comes from presenting the perfect track on race day.
Speaking on Tuesdays With Terry, Flemington track manager O’Keeffe and his Geelong counterpart Dalton said spending time scrolling through social media for feedback would take away from the most crucial aspect of their job – managing the track.
“I stay away, I don’t look at it,” Dalton said.
“It’s a no-go area for me.”
O’Keeffe added: “I stay off social media for the fact that it can distract you from what you really need to do and that’s measuring the track, both for pre-leading into a meeting and post, the track and how it raced and if there was anything you could have tinkered or done better.
“I just like to go into meetings with a nice clear mind.”
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Dalton said it was crucial for track managers to trust their equipment when it comes to making sure they stick to Racing Victoria’s track policy of starting on a Good 4.
“(At Geelong), everything is telling me it’s a Good 4 for example but you walk it and think ‘jeez it feels like a (Good) 3’,” he said.
“Then you’ll have track walkers come out and jockeys and they say ‘jeez, it’s a bit firm’.
“But implements … if you continue to trust them and they show that you’re on a Good 4, then I just go with it. And more often than not it races like it and you’re happy you went with your gut instinct.”