Victorian Racing Authorites Reject Moving Melbourne Cup Day

28 April, 2017

Victorian racing authorities considered scrapping more than a century of tradition by shifting the ­Melbourne Cup from the first ­Tuesday in November, but state Racing Minister Martin Pakula says the idea is a non-starter.

The AFL’s ability to dominate the news cycle prompted racing officials to consider moving the entire Spring Racing Carnival back in the calendar by as much as two weeks to give it breathing space in between the football and cricket seasons.

The chief executives of the Melbourne Racing Club, Moonee ­Valley Racing Club and Victoria Racing Club will meet this month to discuss the Carnival. A change of date would represent the greatest overhaul in the sport’s history, according to a News Limited report. Read More…