The Everest race will this year have prizemoney of $14million. Unfortunately, the race is set for encroachment if plans to have the Caulfield Cup ran on the same day will not be changed. According to both Victoria and NSW, the race may be run on the same day due to changes in this year’s public holiday dates.
Last year, the Everest races clashed with Caulfield Guineas program in October. As things stand, the long weekend including next year’s Labour Day weekend could push the races into next year’s spring’s schedule. The two sides have discussed the awkward situation they will find themselves in when the two contests fall on the same day. Unfortunately, the talks have been informal, and it is expected that the makeup for the carnival springs 2019 will intensify as time goes by. The Racing NSW is still insisting that the Everest will be held two weeks after NRL final. This happens to be the day when the Caulfield Cup will be held. Melbourne cup is scheduled to be held on the 5th of November next year.
According to Peter V’landys who is also the NSW chief executive, the administration is aware of the looming Everest -Caulfield cup Collision if things will remain the same. They are also aware that Epsom will be staged at Randwick on the long weekend. So far they have said nothing other than promising to look into possible scenarios that may help overcome this problem.
A spokesman for the Racing Victoria said that by the end of March, they will have finalized fixing the dates for the 2018-2019 season. Last year, V’landys challenged Melbourne administrators to change their dates after claiming that they had muscled into their timeslot. However, nothing happened, and Caulfield Guineas were held on the same day with Everest. Even though wagering was high in the two states, it is not clear how the prospects would be if the races are run on different days.
Most Jockeys were not happy with the organizers and are lamenting that having the two biggest meetings in Australia on the same day is inconveniencing because it does not give them a chance to participate in the two meetings. Unfortunately, the officials are not ready to change their minds especially when they consider that the last year’s event was able to attract a crowd of 33,000 people because it was held on Saturday. So Australia’s jockeys will have to choose between having the Everest, and the Caulfield staged on the same day or not.