The Melbourne Racing Club is prepared to change its controversial policy of staging major races as the last event on the card at Caulfield.
Club chairman Mike Symons said on Sunday the policy was not set in stone.
Leading racing figures, including trainer Mark Kavanagh, had met Symons and expressed concern at the concept.
Symons told the group the club was prepared to be very flexible on the last race policy.
”The horse comes ahead of any wagering consideration. We must be flexible and if the conditions arise that a major race needs to be moved, so be it,” he said.
Symons added his club would monitor weather forecasts on the eve and on the day of acceptances and if those reports were of concern the group 1 event could be brought back to earlier in the day.
He said he was only speaking for the Melbourne Racing Club and its policy remained doing the best for trainers and owners in the search for a successful outcome.
Symons also hinted that a long odds-on favourite for a group 1 event could also be a reason to hold the event earlier.
”Then you are in a wagering situation and you have the favourite in the last race of the day that completely stifles betting, so there again this situation of being flexible is paramount,” he said.
On Saturday, the club staged the Memsie Stakes as the last race, prompting Mark Kavanagh – the trainer of champion mare and Memsie winner Atlantic Jewel – to query the wisdom of the race being so late in the day.
And the stunning performance of the five-year-old in the Memsie looks like reshaping the major races leading up to this year’s Cox Plate.
Kavanagh said on Sunday that Atlantic Jewel, who had not raced for 70 weeks because of injury, had pulled up perfectly and was more than likely to compete at Moonee Valley in a fortnight in either the weight-for-age Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes or the Stocks Stakes.
Both are group 2 races over 1600 metres, with the Stocks limited to mares only.
Kavanagh said that on his return home from Caulfield on Saturday night he was overwhelmed by the response Atlantic Jewel’s victory had prompted.
”I’ve received hundreds of text messages and many of those were from overseas, so it’s staggering to realise the interest she has created in many parts of the world,” he said.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.