The abject humiliation of the 'professional and independent' racing media
It's started: a steady flow of promotional hype from RVl for the 'no' star mile to be run next March-- beware the ides!
Following are extracts from the first salvo -- presenting fundamental changes to the character of the event as 'remaining the same'.
The racing media men would be reading this self-evident tripe but dare not say a word about either, the implicit admission of a major mistake last year, or the continuing ingrained nonsense of a 'race' determined to win favour when a BM 70 or 80 rated horse beats the RVL's handpicked 'best' .
When a Robin Hood shafts the Sheriff --and one will -- it will mainly expose the shortcomings of running races with inflated fields on metropolitan tracks in Victoria that are not suited to the event.
Consider this nonsense:
............... exciting new changes to the second running of The All-Star Mile for 2020........New Zealand residents to help shape the field ......... core structure of The All-Star Mile will (?) remain the same............... addition of a fifth wildcard ......two ‘win and you’re in races’ ................ change in the allocation of prize-money for horses finishing outside the top five .... $120,000 for sixth to eighth .......$100,00 for ninth and tenth and $50,000 for 11th to 15th.
The original All-Star Mile in March was (not) a tremendous success
The changes to the conditions will ensure that The All-Star Mile is a contest befitting of its (low/no) status, whilst retaining the unique opportunity for fairy-tale stories to emerge and dreams to be realised.
As we saw last year, the world’s richest mile has the power to transcend international boundaries and become a talking point for racing across the globe, and so we look forward to seeing a field of the best local and international runners here on 14 March.”