Autumn carnival set for overhaul
The Victoria Racing Club’s push to permanently host the All-Star Mile comes as Racing Victoria plans an overhaul of the Autumn Carnival.
Each of the three Melbourne metropolitan clubs are in discussions with RV around possible changes for 2023, with a clear desire to ensure the carnival is extended into April.
RV has already made it clear the Australian Cup will move next year to follow the All-Star Mile but that’s unlikely to be the end of the shift.
But Racing.com has been told the carnival could look significantly different from next year with one likely change would see Moonee Valley also likely to snare a standalone Saturday meeting in March.
It would see the William Reid Stakes moving to a Saturday from its Friday night home.
Assuming the All-Star Mile continues to rotate, the Valley could then host the William Reid and All-Star Mile on the same day, with the club also publicly indicating its desire to permanently snare the rich mile race.
It is unclear if the changes will impact with New South Wales’ autumn carnival.
While change is imminent around programming, administrators still believe RV will stick with rotating the All-Star Mile.
VRC CEO Steve Rosich said the club was in discussions with RV around securing the All-Star Mile, pointing to the club’s metrics.
“I think on every measure, TV viewership, crowd attendance, voting and also the quality of field and track, I think we are shaping up pretty well,” he said.
“We are talking about a boarder program for the autumn, where things are positioned. We have Great dialogue with RV. They are in the best position to work it through for the industry as a whole.
“One other factor I didn’t mention is wagering and Flemington is consistently 13 of the top 15 wagering events in Victoria. No doubt it will be strong wagering participation on the 19th of march.”
Rosich wouldn’t be drawn on other changes the club were keen to see made in 2023, with drafts likely to be sent post this year’s Autumn carnival.
“It’s the broader industry that’s saying it makes sense for the Australian Cup to be post the All-Star Mile. That dialogue is continuing with RV. It’s very collaborative, I think we will see a change next year and then even more so into 2024. That makes sense. So watch this space.”
RV GM of Racing, Greg Carpenter, said he believes the race will continue to rotate.
“Nothing stays the same forever. For me, one of the highlights and great aspects has been that it has rotated,” Carpenter said.
“Each brings their unique style and brand to the race. I am totally unsurprised that all three metro clubs want permanent possession.
“It’s been a sensational success in its three years. I can understand why each of the clubs want to have it every year so they can continue to build and invest in it for their own club.
“Steve has made that very public declaration. Michael Browell and the Moonee Valley Racing Club at the Valley have also made it very, very clear and I’m sure Josh Blanksby and the team at Caulfield also would love to have the ASM in their brief.
“We will see where that takes us over the next five years, but at the moment it is a unique aspect of the race that it rotates.”
The race’s new sponsor, Seppelt Wines, has a long-time affiliation with the VRC and will be the race’s first naming rights partner.
Voting for the All Star Mile is now open.