Everest, Guineas great for racing
WHICH city will host the better race meeting tomorrow – Sydney with Everest Day or Melbourne Caulfield Guineas Day?
It’s been a question that’s been thrown around all week as some fans ponder whether Everest Day has now overshadowed Caulfield Guineas Day in Melbourne.
My answer? Who cares. I have no interest in which meeting is deemed the best or which has overshadowed the other – nor should any racing fan or administrator for that matter.
I appreciate the competition between NSW and Victoria and understand it is an integral part in ensuring each state doesn’t rest on their laurels.
But this obsession about which state is better has to stop. It won’t, I know I’m wasting my time, but wouldn’t it be a breath of fresh air to see racing officials in Sydney or Melbourne even make mention of the sensational meeting across border tomorrow as well?
Racing is the big winner here and you could argue tomorrow now best day on the Australian racing calendar. Is it the best? Again, I don’t care.
All I know is it’s a pretty impressive line up – A $10 million race in Sydney and four Group 1s Melbourne led by the Caulfield Guineas of course the rematch between Hartnell and Bonneval in the Caulfield Stakes (not to mention Alizee in the Thousand Guineas or Toorak for that matter).
You could be forgiven thinking the state v state rivalry is biggest issue in racing right now but it’s not.
Competition for the wagering dollar from other sports is a much more serious threat and racing officials should be coming together to promote each other in this small window of opportunity for racing in the spring.
I know there are always going to be arguments (take the Everest and Caulfield Guineas being run 15 minutes apart for example) but surely we can all get along for the betterment of our great sport? I know, I know, I’m wasting my time.
AN A minus is how would score The Everest in its inaugural year.
The interest in the concept has exceeded my expectations and the only reason it doesn’t score an A+ is due to the absence of international-trained runner in big race.
The slot style concept has kept Everest racing and news headlines for months.
I know the race still has its knockers but most racing fans have embraced it. What we need to remember is the race doesn’t cost the industry $10 million – nowhere near it in fact. The 12 slots, sold for $600,000 each year across three years, make up $7.2 million of that prizemoney to start with each year let alone sponsorship and extra wagering predicted on the event as well.
LET’S hope the sun is shining in Sydney tomorrow morning. We know Sydneysiders don’t turn up in droves to live sport at the best of times and a morning rain will turn lot of people off heading to Randwick tomorrow.
The race day has been promoted to the Nth degree and it would be great to see 30,000 plus spectators at Randwick for Everest Day. Let’s also hope for a huge crowd at Caulfield as well.
AS my Everest tip, I’m with She Will Reign from Redkirk Warrior. I think Spin in the best bet on the Randwick card and in Melbourne, Godolphin duo Kementari and Alizee should go close in the Caulfield and Thousand Guineas respectively. Good luck punters! Enjoy this massive race day.
Kerrin McEvoy (left) and Hugh Bowman (right) stand with The Everest trophy.