Melbourne spring carnival faces changes

Mer De Glace winning the 2019 Caulfield Cup. Photo: Racing Photos

Melbourne’s spring racing carnival may be overhauled because of a clash with the rescheduled AFL finals.

The Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m), one of the biggest races of the season and a key lead-up to the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), could be moved from mid-October to the end of November.

Australia’s The Herald Sun reported on Tuesday that Racing Victoria is expected to announce an overhaul of its spring dates next week, with a draft schedule already presented to racing clubs.

The Melbourne Cup would still be run on the first Tuesday in November, with the dates for the Gr.1 Cox Plate (2040m) and Derby Day would not change.

In the draft schedule the Caulfield Cup would move to November 28, while the Gr.1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) would be run a week earlier.

The AFL grand final is normally held on the last Saturday of September, but has been pushed back after the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the normal season.

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