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The announcement from Racing NSW in early July of modifications to their Sydney Spring Carnival has excited many individuals, nevertheless, Melbourne Racing Club chairman Mike Symons isn’t considered one of them.
The Spring Carnival has been altered with race, distance and prize cash modifications throughout a number of occasions.
While Symons understands the worth of sprucing up a carnival for the good thing about these concerned, he believes Racing NSW have been ignorant of their communication with Racing Victoria and the Pattern Committee.
“I’ve got no problem with jurisdictions making their carnivals more attractive but it has got to be done with the blessing and respect of the Pattern Committee,” stated Symons.
“In this instance, the process has been ignored and moving such races around has compromised the Pattern.”
Racing Victoria upped a bevvy of their own high-profile races with further prize cash to draw stronger fields and worldwide runners in May of this yr.
Racing NSW has made comparable modifications however to a lesser extent, together with bringing the purse for the Craven Plate as much as half one million dollars, a race famously gained 3 times by Phar Lap.
The Plate has additionally been moved from late September to mid-October as a curtain raiser to the extremely anticipated first operating of The Everest.
While the financial modifications made by Racing NSW aren’t a problem in accordance with Symons, there are scheduling clashes which have now impacted the Victorian carnival instantly.
“There’s no issue with lifting prizemoney, that should be welcomed,” stated Symons.
“Our frustration comes with a race like the Hill Stakes, which has been moved to be on the same weekend as the Underwood Stakes, and dropped from 2000m to 1800m.”
While each the Hill and Underwood Stakes have historical past courting again to the early 1920s when first run, Sydney’s Hill Stakes has by no means as soon as been run at 1,800 metres.
Until now. Not solely has the space been dropped, however to the precise size of one in every of Victoria’s marquee carnival weight-for-age races, the Underwood.
The modifications are a irritating issue of the Sydney carnival for Symons who believes the Melbourne race will now wrestle due to it.
“On the Saturday you’ll have a Hill Stakes in Sydney for weight-for-age horses at 1800m after which on the Sunday we could have the Underwood in Melbourne, which is a weight-for-age race over 1800m.
“It dilutes the product and splits the pool of horses that both races are likely to attract.”
There’s no phrase on whether or not Symons or any department of Racing Victoria will problem these modifications, particularly the alterations made to the Hill Stakes.