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RV chairman responds to V'landys

Racing Victoria Chairman Brian Kruger has described as 'fanciful' Peter V'landys' idea that the Victoria Racing Club should consider moving the Melbourne Cup for the betterment of racing Australia-wide.

The Racing New South Wales chief executive suggested the Melbourne Cup moving back later into November, from its famed date of the first Tuesday in that month, would benefit all.

The comments came 11 days out from the $14 million The Everest, which for the first time this year will be run on Caulfield Cup Day, with the inaugural edition of the $7.5m Golden Eagle to be run on Victoria Derby Day (November 2).

Kruger said one of Darryl Kerrigan's trademark lines out of iconic film, The Castle, came to mind when he first heard what V'landys had to say.

"Changing the Spring Racing Carnival in total to make way for these news races, many of which haven't even been run for the first time yet, I just find quite fanciful," Kruger said.

"The line out of that great movie (The Castle), 'Tell him he's dreaming', sort of came to mind when I heard the comments.

"I don't think the comments about moving the Melbourne Cup to act in the national interests have any validity at all really."

V'landys' reasoning was that there is vacant space towards the end of November that racing should utilise.

As it stands, Group 1 racing ends on the eastern seaboard with the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, this year on Saturday, November 9.

Kruger agreed that the following three weekends would have appeal and suggested Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club should consider using those dates.

"There is some space there if people think that's a great time to run their races, particularly in New South Wales, the space is available for them," Kruger said.

"To think that we're going to move the Melbourne Cup Carnival, it's not going to happen.

"The implications of doing it are enormous, but we just don't think it's the right thing to do in any event."

















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