Significant revamp announced by Racing Victoria for Spring Carnival

Significant revamp announced by Racing Victoria for Spring Carnival

The spring Carnival will be extended into late November under a significant revamp announced by Racing Victoria.

The Melbourne Racing Club finally gets its wish to push deeper into spring, a move the club believes will allow it to innovate with “free air” from other sporting codes.

The Cranbourne Turf Club has scored a standalone meeting in mid-November in a boom for the club and country racing. It means there will now be three country standalone meetings in four weeks during the spring.

The Group 2 Zipping Classic will now move to the last Saturday of November, from Ladbrokes Park at Sandown, and also comes with a massive prize money increase from $250,000 to $750,000.

 

 

The new meeting at Caulfield will also retain the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) and Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) as part of the program.

The Underwood Stakes, as expected, will now move to Sandown on September 26, giving the track its first Group 1 since 1996.

The Caulfield and Thousand Guineas preludes will also move forward by a week to be run on the MRC Foundation Race Day on September 18 alongside the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and the Naturalism Stakes.

In other announcements, The Valley will now host a New Year’s Eve meeting, adding to the day meeting at Echuca and twilight program at Warrnambool. The All-Star Mile is currently slated for March 19, but this is still subject to change pending a review.

Racing.com believes further prizemoney decisions are essentially settled and announcements are imminent.

But the rejig in dates are clearly a win for the MRC who will host racing in late November after losing its bid to change their dates last year.

 

 

“We are thrilled that the programming changes have been ratified by Racing Victoria and in 2021 to officially start and finish spring racing in Victoria,” MRC CEO Josh Blanksby said.

“It will be exciting to host a late spring event at Caulfield as headlined by the freshly boosted $750,000 Zipping Classic and the transfer of the Underwood Stakes Race Day to Ladbrokes Park will see Group 1 racing return to the racecourse for the first time in 25 years.

“2021 is the year to shake things up and we are looking forward to a renewed energy across all of our racecourses this Spring.”

The Cranbourne Cup will now move to the traditional Zipping Classic Day on November 13, and also received a significant prize money boost, rising by 25 per cent to $500,000.

 

 

A key change though will see the Cup distance come back to 1600m, something the club hopes will attract big name runners who run in several high-profile stakes and mile races throughout the Spring Carnival.

It is also the perfect lead up race for the Ballarat Cup over 2000m to be held a week later.

Cranbourne Turf Club CEO Neil Bainbridge said the cub is “ecstatic” with scoring a standalone Saturday meeting for their Cup.

He said it believes the investment into its feature day will “help showcase racing in the growth corridor of Melbourne”.

“It is an outstanding result for us and we could not be happier,” he told Racing.com

“It’s a great result for us to get a standalone meeting that will bring metropolitan racing to our track.

“By offering $500,000 for the Cranbourne Cup, it will be the richest in its history and we will work tirelessly to make it a strong feature meeting and it will provide wonderful opportunities for us.”

RV Executive General Manager Greg Carpenter said the changes announced on Friday “will provide an enhanced program of feature racing”.

 

“We are pleased to facilitate the return of Group 1 racing to Sandown for the first time in more than 25 years with the shift of the Underwood Stakes from Caulfield

in lieu of the move of the Zipping Classic to that track in November. The Underwood has a star-studded honour roll and is a pivotal race for Spring aspirants,” he said.

“The revamped Spring Racing Carnival has also provided the Cranbourne Turf Club with an opportunity to grow Cranbourne Cup Day into one of the best provincial racedays on the calendar with the launch of our sixth standalone Saturday meeting.”

The spring Carnival will be extended into late November under a significant revamp announced by Racing Victoria.

The Melbourne Racing Club finally gets its wish to push deeper into spring, a move the club believes will allow it to innovate with “free air” from other sporting codes.

The Cranbourne Turf Club has scored a standalone meeting in mid-November in a boom for the club and country racing. It means there will now be three country standalone meetings in four weeks during the spring.

The Group 2 Zipping Classic will now move to the last Saturday of November, from Ladbrokes Park at Sandown, and also comes with a massive prize money increase from $250,000 to $750,000.

 

 

The new meeting at Caulfield will also retain the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) and Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) as part of the program.

The Underwood Stakes, as expected, will now move to Sandown on September 26, giving the track its first Group 1 since 1996.

The Caulfield and Thousand Guineas preludes will also move forward by a week to be run on the MRC Foundation Race Day on September 18 alongside the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and the Naturalism Stakes.

In other announcements, The Valley will now host a New Year’s Eve meeting, adding to the day meeting at Echuca and twilight program at Warrnambool. The All-Star Mile is currently slated for March 19, but this is still subject to change pending a review.

Racing.com believes further prizemoney decisions are essentially settled and announcements are imminent.

But the rejig in dates are clearly a win for the MRC who will host racing in late November after losing its bid to change their dates last year.

“We are thrilled that the programming changes have been ratified by Racing Victoria and in 2021 to officially start and finish spring racing in Victoria,” MRC CEO Josh Blanksby said.

 

 

“It will be exciting to host a late spring event at Caulfield as headlined by the freshly boosted $750,000 Zipping Classic and the transfer of the Underwood Stakes Race Day to Ladbrokes Park will see Group 1 racing return to the racecourse for the first time in 25 years.

“2021 is the year to shake things up and we are looking forward to a renewed energy across all of our racecourses this Spring.”

The Cranbourne Cup will now move to the traditional Zipping Classic Day on November 13, and also received a significant prize money boost, rising by 25 per cent to $500,000.

A key change though will see the Cup distance come back to 1600m, something the club hopes will attract big name runners who run in several high-profile stakes and mile races throughout the Spring Carnival.

 

It is also the perfect lead up race for the Ballarat Cup over 2000m to be held a week later.

Cranbourne Turf Club CEO Neil Bainbridge said the cub is “ecstatic” with scoring a standalone Saturday meeting for their Cup.

He said it believes the investment into its feature day will “help showcase racing in the growth corridor of Melbourne”.

“It is an outstanding result for us and we could not be happier,” he told Racing.com

“It’s a great result for us to get a standalone meeting that will bring metropolitan racing to our track.

“By offering $500,000 for the Cranbourne Cup, it will be the richest in its history and we will work tirelessly to make it a strong feature meeting and it will provide wonderful opportunities for us.”

RV Executive General Manager Greg Carpenter said the changes announced on Friday “will provide an enhanced program of feature racing”.

“We are pleased to facilitate the return of Group 1 racing to Sandown for the first time in more than 25 years with the shift of the Underwood Stakes from Caulfield

in lieu of the move of the Zipping Classic to that track in November. The Underwood has a star-studded honour roll and is a pivotal race for Spring aspirants,” he said.

“The revamped Spring Racing Carnival has also provided the Cranbourne Turf Club with an opportunity to grow Cranbourne Cup Day into one of the best provincial racedays on the calendar with the launch of our sixth standalone Saturday meeting.”