Racing NSW and ATC Officials Ponder Moving Golden Slipper Date
In the seemingly never-ending quest by sports suppliers to wring every last penny out of their offerings, officials of Racing New South Wales and the Australian Turf Club have had the inspiration of moving the Golden Slipper Stakes from its current spot on the calendar to a date that would make it part of The Championships.
There seems to be an impetus afoot, or should we say ahoof, to push the Slipper back to the final Saturday of the autumn Rosehill Gardens carnival in order to coincide with the first day of The Championships.
According to Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys, who said much, but whose musings could be reduced to the simple quote, …”It is all about trying to continue to grow The Championships and make the Sydney autumn carnival bigger and better…”
Wagering turnover grew by a phenomenal 30 per cent nationally for The Championships compared to last year’s figures. Part of that may be due to the recovery of the Australian economy, but part of it may also be accounted for by the fact that punters had more to wager by staying and home and wagering online, as indicated by the fewer than 50,000 spectators who turned up at Randwick to watch the races live.