VRC Honcho Does Not View The Everest as Melbourne Cup Threat
The war of words about which state hosts the richest horse race has turned into a case of putting one’s money where one’s mouth is.
Recently, NSW tossed its hat into the ring to take the title of richest Australian thoroughbred race away from Victoria and the Melbourne Cup, announcing that it was going to prove the Victorians to be true pikers with their measly $6.2 million prize by staging a sprint called The Everest with $10 million in prizemoney.
State pride would seem to imply that the VRC would need to ante up more money in order to restore the venerable Race That Stops a Nation to the preeminent status it has enjoyed for so long.
Not so fast, says VRC Chief Executive Simon Love. He does not see The Everest as competition, since the Cup is a 3200 m handicap for stayers, whilst The Everest will be a 1200 m weight-for-age sprint. (Translation: The VRC does not have the money)
To which we say, Well, Duh. We almost wanted to Tweet something sarcastic to Love for saying what he said, but our #social media skills are @nonexistent.
By saying that regardless of prizemoney, the Cup will still attract the same field, was Love implying that the stayers are going to be magically transformed into sprinters because of the lure of big prizemoney?