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Melbourne CEOs Want Carnival Purses Kept Intact

Tuesday, 9th June 2020

As Australian states start to cast off the shackles of COVID-19 restrictions, the chief executive officers of all three Melbourne racing clubs, namely Melbourne Racing Club, Moonee Valley and the Victoria Racing Club, are calling for a halt to any thoughts of cutting purses for the upcoming Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival. According to smh.com.au, each of John Blanksby (MRC), Michael Browell (MVRC) and Neil Wilson (VRC) are of the view that now is the time to ensure the standing of the state’s time-honoured features. Browell is keen to ensure that for the one hundredth running of the Gr1 Cox Plate, the race’s $5 million prizemoney should be maintained. Wilson has the same feeling about the $8 million purse for the G1 Melbourne Cup. Ditto, Blanksby, who believes that some of the retaining the $5 million carrot of the Gr1 Caulfield Cup will act as an important drawcard for overseas raiders. The MRC CEO believes unity is important, noting, One thing we have said is that we have to do things as an industry. You don't want a Caulfield Cup staying at its level and a Melbourne Cup and a Cox Plate being reduced. It's all got to make sense and everyone has to be treated equally.” A decision on Carnival prizemoney will be made by Racing Victoria next month.

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