MRC to revisit potential change to spring program
The Melbourne Racing Club is set to revisit the possibility of extending the Spring Carnival following support from Racing Victoria’s new CEO Andrew Jones. In 2020, the MRC campaigned for the carnival to be extended into late November, changes which included moving the Caulfield Cup, in order to attract larger crowds with the likely chance of better weather, however the RV board rejected the proposal.
New CEO Jones yesterday stated he is in favour of revisiting Spring Carnival schedule changes. “My fundamental view of sport and sport scheduling is you’ve got to give the fans what they want, when they want it,” he told RSN927. “November is a fantastic time weather-wise in Melbourne and it’s a time in the schedule that is not as cluttered as other times of the year, for example when the footy is on or when the tennis is on or when the Grand Prix is on.
It’s a cat-wrangling exercise in Victorian racing to get people to agree to either move fixtures or create new ones but certainly a priority for me is to look at what is the best and most fan-friendly schedule that we can create for Victorian racing.”