While The Everest, the $10 million invention of racing NSW will draw eyeballs to Randwick for a few minutes, Melbourne Racing Club chief executive Brodie Arnhold knows the four Group 1 events at his meeting will get maximum attention for longer.
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But with the two combined, he said racing was the winner with expected windfalls in betting turnover on Saturday.
“We’ve got four Group 1s, a whole card of black type races,” Arnhold told the Herald Sun.
Melbourne Racing Club chief Brodie Arnhold. Picture: Ian CurrieSource:News Limited
“Races like the Schillaci Stakes (1100m), which The Everest could impact, has a pretty good field. From a racing purest perspective, we couldn’t have better racing on Saturday.
“It’s a shame that one or two of the jockeys need to go to Sydney, Craig Williams and Regan Bayliss, and the likes of Hugh Bowman would normally come down.
“But apart from that, I think The Everest will drive turnover, will drive interest on the day. I think we’ll set a record for Guineas Day turnover on Saturday. And I think a bit of competition is good for everyone.”
Arnhold also pointed to the seven international runners booked to turn out at Caulfield on Saturday as an indication the MRC had created a destination meeting itself.
“The spring has traditionally belonged to Melbourne, and I think it always will,” said Arnhold, who will vacate his position in December.
Craig Williams and Vega Magic will be in Sydney for The Everest. Picture: David CroslingSource:News Corp Australia
“And we have seven international runners on Saturday, which is the most we have ever had on Guineas Day. And we’ve got four or five lined up for the Caulfield Cup too. That’s a dozen internationals at Caulfield alone before we even get to the Cox Plate and the Flemington carnival.
“Last year was a bit of a game changer, when (Charlie) Appleby and the guys started bringing horses out and winning the second tier races, all of a sudden the realised there was more they could win.
“We’ll have internationals start in three races, the Herbert power, the Schillaci and the Caulfield Stakes. From that perspective, it’s building.
“But if (The Everest) drives a bit more knowledge and a bit more attention for our races, I think it’s great. It’s great prize money, and puts Australia on a global stage.”