While the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) has announced a number of Group 1 race time alterations for this spring carnival, the iconic Melbourne Cup 2013 jump time will remain the same at 3pm (AEST) as Flemington Race 7 on the first Tuesday of November.
After the success with running last year’s $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) as the last on the Moonee Valley race card on Cox Plate Day in October, two more elite levels will also be saved for the finale at their respective meetings this year.
The first is the $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds on October 12 which won’t run until Race 10.
The following Saturday, October 19, is then Caulfield Guineas Day featuring the first of the ‘Big Three’ spring features with the $2.5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) also moved to the back of the card.
Jump times for both the Caulfield showdowns will be 5:45pm (AEST) with the MRC expecting the move to add to the air of suspense and excitement on track for those days.
It is also predicted to boost the betting turnover on those majors and keep a larger crowd at the course right until the end of the day.
The 2013 Cox Plate meanwhile will run on October 26 at 5:40pm (AEST), something the Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) chief executive Michael Browell had been trying to organise for a number of seasons.
“We have always wanted to have the Cox Plate run at the end of the afternoon and this year it will be run at 5.40,” he said.
“And the race meeting on the night before the Cox Plate will see the ($1 million, Group 1) Manikato Stakes go off as the final race as well, and in the future all Group 1 races will be scheduled for the last race.”
As for the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival’s showcase race, the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) the MRC has opted to stick with tradition and keep the original race number and time for the world’s richest handicap.
“A range of factors are considered when determining the race schedule for Melbourne Cup Day, including major event logistics with over 100,000 patrons on course, the race-day entertainment experience for hospitality partners and their guests, international time zones and local and international media commitments,” Victoria Racing Club (VRC) chief executive David Courtney said.
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In the pre-nomination Melbourne Cup odds Puissance De Lune leads the way at $9 while the early Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup favourite is It’s A Dundeel paying $4.20 and $7 respectively.
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