Rac­ing g bites

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - with Ray Hick­son

Cup re­think

SHOULD the Perth Cup re­vert to its tra­di­tional dis­tance of 3200m?

That’s a ques­tion which has been thrown open to the WA stake­hold­ers with a view to re­vi­tal­is­ing one of Perth’s best at­tended race days.

David Hunter, Rac­ing and Wa­ger­ing WA’s rac­ing man­ager, said Perth has writ­ten to RWWA sug­gest­ing they’d like re­visit the dis­tance of the Cup.

The Group 2 race, cur­rently worth $500,000, was switched to 2400m from 2009 af­ter it was at se­vere risk of los­ing its sta­tus.

Hunter, who said he isn’t com­pletely sold on the switch but could be con­vinced, ex­pects a de­ci­sion to be made by July af­ter a sul­ta­tion pe­riod.

“We want to get as much feed­back as we pos­si­bly can from the in­dus­try to whether they think the WA in­dus­try is best served by a Perth Cup over 3200m or 2400m,” he said.

“It’s hard to come up with a com­pelling case to change it but I’m a bit on the fence.”

If the dis­tance did re­vert to two miles, Hunter said there would be change to the Cox Stakes trip (cur­rently 2100m) as it fits in per­fectly with the sum­mer carnival’s WFA pro­gram.

Bold switch

EX­PECT to see the Queen’s colours ap­pear­ing in fu­ture hur­dle races in Vic­to­ria with her gal­loper Bold Sniper com­plet­ing his first trial at Sale on Wed­nes­day.

The seven-year-old has man­aged two wins from 17 starts in Aus­tralia since join­ing the David Hayes sta­ble in 2015 and was un­placed in

Oak­bank Cup in his lat­est start.

Bold Sniper won the 2400m trial by six lengths with cham­pion jockey Steven Pate­man on board.

He’ll be re­quired to com­plete a sec­ond trial, likely to be over 2800m, be­fore he can make his jump­ing de­but.

With War­rnam­bool over for another year, heads to Bal­larat on Sun­day while the next fea­tures are is the Aus­tralian Hur­dle and Steeple at Sandown on May 27.

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