Let us be honest, it is a good race and the party crowd helps fill the bank too.
Regardless of how anyone feels about the race, it has attracted a new bunch of spectators and added to the racing scene.
Like 20/20, it is different to the cricket traditions but opened up a new audience etc.
The only thing that Racing NSW has to be wary about is cannabilising it’s G1 races. That is unfortunately happening with the money spent on advertising and prize money but it is early days so things could right itself.
Redzel coming back next year would be an absolute boost and hopefully more geldings win the race than entires as it is great for racing.
Unlike the MC where now we rarely see past winners come back, being a WFA race we now have past winners come back to defend their titles. This is a great boost as other than some WFA races, we rarely ever see G1 winner able to defend mainly due to the age group, stud, handicapped too high or retirement.
Other than Winx, I doubt if any other G1 winners last season defended their title age withstanding.