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Competition may mean change to future Melbourne Cup date

Competition for spectators may mean change to Melbourne Cup dateOver a century of tradition could be scrapped as Victorian racing chiefs consider bumping the ­Melbourne Cup from the first ­Tuesday in November.The chief executives of the Melbourne Racing Club, Moonee ­Valley Racing Club and Victoria Racing Club will meet this month to discuss the greatest shake-up of ­feature races in the history of the Spring Racing Carnival.
 
A key discussion point will be whether the entire carnival should be pushed back by as much as a fortnight, in part to shrug off the lingering news-grabbing of the AFL season and take advantage of a ­November period regarded as ­“vacant land’’ for sport.
 
A club official yesterday confirmed that a new date for the race that stops a nation would be discussed at what he described as “a ­normal briefing between clubs”.
 
He said talk of wholesale carnival change had been “loosely’’ ­discussed for years, but it had become more pressing since the MRC announced a planned change to the Caulfield Cup.
 
The curtain-raiser for the six-week spring carnival, Flemington’s Turnbull Stakes day, has for the past two years been pushed to the ­Sunday after the Grand Final.
 

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