Distinguished proprietor Nick Williams has backed main coach David Hayes’ name for extra ballot-free races to be run in Australia to assist native horses routinely qualify for the Melbourne Cup, however says the VRC ought to create a sequence of Flemington races that routinely qualify horses for the Cup.
Talking at Werribee as he watched his Melbourne Cup prospects The Cliffsofmoher and Yucatan Ire work, Williams stated Hayes’ concept had vital advantage and that he would take issues a step additional.
“I would not be towards Flemington having their very own sequence of races on their observe to do with the Melbourne Cup that [allow horses to] qualify via the 12 months,” Williams stated.
Underneath the Williams plan, the Bagot Handicap, which has historically been run on New 12 months’s Day over 2800 metres, can be pushed to September as a lead-in to the Cup with computerized qualification to the winner, whereas races such because the Roy Higgins High quality, a 2600 metre race in March, and one other characteristic race at Flemington within the Autumn can be run with the identical lure for the winner.
The Bagot Handicap was a bunch three race till 1990, when it grew to become a listed race however it could entice a powerful area if run in September with a poll exemption for the Melbourne Cup.