Racing g bites
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.
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.