900m race added to Spring Classics Preview day at Flemington
The midweek meeting is set to get a boost with another race added to the carrd
A new race has been added to the Melbourne Spring Carnival
Victoria Racing adds juvenile sprint to schedule
The Victoria Racing Club has added to its Spring Classics Preview day by introducing a new 900m race for two-year-olds at Flemington.
The race is set to be held on Wednesday, September 25 this year, and the VRC indicated it could be split into gender divisions pending interest in the race.
The reasoning given for the early-season race for juveniles is to introduce them to a raceday that won't be as high-pressure as some others, with midweek metro meetings typically attracting smaller and less-vocal crowds.
"Australia is recognised for the strength of its sprinters with many of the world's sprinting highlights taking place over the straight six course at Flemington, and we believe that these changes will help to provide a good grounding for the sprinting stars of the future," said the VRC executive general manager of racing Leigh Jordon.
"The new two-year old race on Spring Classics Preview Day will offer an important opportunity for younger horses as part of their preparation for racing later in the spring."
The move prompts a slight change in schedule with 2YO races usually kicking off in October, as per Australian Rule of Racing 77 - but the VRC confirmed the race has been ticked off by the Racing Victoria board.
Racing Queensland conduct a two-year-old race in September - the Pat O'Shea Plate at Toowoomba - which was run and won by Courseshewill on September 23 last year.
Meanwhile, the VRC has also moved to change the Listed Poseidon Stakes (1400m) for three-year-olds.
Previously run over seven furlongs, the race will now be held over 1100m but will remain on Turnbull Stakes day.
The reason given for the change was to encourage connections of sprinters to use the Poseidon as a lead-in for those eyeing off the Coolmore Stud Stakes.