Ever­est, Guineas great for rac­ing

The Sportsman Weekend - - News - BRAD DAVID­SON

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.

ˆ 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.

ˆ 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.

ˆ 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.

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