Victoria is set to have a new-look autumn carnival next year

Victoria is set to have a new-look autumn carnival next year

Victoria is set to have a new-look autumn carnival next year after plans have been put in place to move key race days. The rumoured plans would involve the Australian Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) being moved to one week after the All-Star Mile in 2023 before being run two weeks after the $5 million race in 2024.
The William Reid Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) is set to hold its position on the Friday night but the Alister Clark Stakes (Gr 2, 2040m) will move to the Saturday to be run alongside the All-Star Mile, with Moonee Valley set to host the race instead of Caulfield, which will be undergoing renovations at the time. From 2024, the William Reid and Alister Clark are set to have their own standalone Saturday card in between the All-Star Mile and the Australian Cup, which will be the last meeting of the carnival.
 The Mornington Cup (Listed, 2400m) will also move to a different date and is likely to be run later in April on a Saturday that is yet to be confirmed. “I think we have to look at what is going to work in Victoria. When your customers, trainers, owners are telling you that they want the All-Star Mile to be run before the Australian Cup, so horses can compete in both and then go to Sydney for e Championships … it’s a situation where if you retain the status quo you are criticised for not addressing the needs of the industry,” RV’s executive general manager – racing, Greg Carpenter, told Racing.com.