Country coaches are the big winners from Racing Victoria’s decision to change the terms for two sets of spring races.
RV has decided to align qualifying requirements for the Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Series and Valley Sprinters Cup Series with the fall Country Mile Race Series.
The Ciaron Maher and David Eustace camp as well as the Lindsay Park operation will not be eligible to have runners in the series.
To be eligible for either series, a coach must:
1. Be licensed only in Victoria; and
2. Have trained fewer than 15 Victorian Metropolitan winners during the 2021-22 racing season (ending July 31, 2022), whether on their own and/or in partnership.
The likes of Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr, Patrick Payne and Peter Moody will also not be eligible for the series.
Horses must also be registered in the care of eligible trainers by August 1.
The $1.3 million Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Series will feature eight qualifying rounds in September and October before a $500,000 benchmark final on the day from Oaks to Flemington.
Country tracks will host four rounds of the $305,000 The Valley Sprinters Cup series before the final at The Valley on the Manikato Stakes night on October 21.
The Melbourne Racing Club will also introduce a $150,000 Benchmark 70 race over 1400m for little trainers.
Coaches must have fewer than five City winners and fewer than 50 Metropolitan starters in the 2021/22 season to be eligible for the October 12 event at Caulfield.
“The Melbourne Cup Carnival Country Series and the Valley Sprinters Cup Series will provide a point of difference for fans and bettors alike this Spring Racing Carnival,” said Racing Victoria or Racing Executive General Manager Greg Carpenter.
“We look forward to their culmination in the Group 1 races at Flemington and The Valley.”
Originally published as Racing Victoria limits two Spring Series events to small country coaches