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VRC chairman Amanda Elliott 'angry' at stakes war

Update - Tuesday evening  - The SMH.com.au reported that Amanda Elliott phoned Peter V'landys on Tuesday to apologise over the jibe about his stature - that he was a '"silly little man making silly decisions" - hwoever she did not back away from what she sees as a reckless attack on Australian racing, not just Melbourne Cup week at Flemington.

The report said that Mr V'Landys, who said he was shocked by the initial comments, accepted Ms Elliott's apology on Tuesday afternoon.

“She has left me a nice message apologising,” he said.

“I have always believed that you shouldn’t attack anyone about their appearance or where they come from because it attacks their self-esteem.

“It takes a good person to admit their mistake and I just want to move on.”

Additional reporting ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk

Earlier report Tuesday morning - Victoria Racing Club Chairman Amanda Elliott has expressed her frustration at the current prizemoney war between NSW and Victoria by lashing out at Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys.

In an interview on Tuesday morning on RSN927's Racing Pulse shortly before the official announcement of a prizemoney rise for the Melbourne Cup to $8 million, Elliott said such a war was counter-productive for the Australia racing industry.

"I'm getting to the stage where I am actually getting a little over the whole thing and a bit frustrated and a bit angry because we actually do have a responsibility  to the sport of racing in Australia," she said.

"At the end of the day, the Australian racing industry is the one we care about.

"So, this kind of single-minded determination to knock off Victoria infuriates me to be honest and I think it's a silly little man making silly decisions."

Elliott said the sport of horse racing was suffering under the current climate.

"This glorious sport is in some way demeaned by this rather unnatural amount of prizemoney that is getting thrown at one or two races," she said.

"I know that people will say that is hypocrisy because you've just put the up the Melbourne Cup. The Melbourne Cup is the most important race in Australia. It is the most important staying race in the world and it's now worth $8 million and that's plenty."

Elliott said she was hopeful the prizemoney war would not linger long into the future.

"To me, it's just a bit of an anomaly that might run its course and the states will get back to dealing with each other in a respectful, dignified and collaborative way that they always have."

Melbourne Cup, picture VRC

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