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NZ Concern Over Decline in Aust Staying Races

Friday, 16th May 2008

Meanwhile under the headline "The Thin Edge Of The Wedge Just Got Thinner" The New Zealand Herald warned: "The announcement this week that the Perth Cup will drop back from 3200m to 2400m is yet another major blow for stayers as we know them in this part of the world. It's only a little more than a year since the announcement that the Brisbane Cup was following the same path, leaving just 5 3200m events in Australia: the Melbourne, Sydney & Adelaide Cups, plus the Andrew Ramsdan Stakes & Queensland Cups, both of which are for lesser class horses." The newspaper added: "Because we are a long way behind Australia in breeding speed & ignoring stamina, it won't be in the foreseeable future that there is pressure to bring the Auckland, Wellington & New Zealand Cups back from 3200m, but the Australians have struggled in recent years to find home-breds to be competitive in the Melbourne Cup. Don't forget Makybe Diva was bred in Europe. . . . It may not happen for 20 years, but imagine if the Melbourne Cup were to become the only 3200m race in Australia - or dare we even think about it, Australasia?"

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