I am posting this at the unearthly hour on Sunday morning because I cannot sleep as I fell down some stairs at home the other day and fractured a couple of ribs, so here I go...
Now that Vlandys has now thrown all his eggs into the basket to distract attention away from the Melbourne Spring Carnival to The Everest, The Golden Eagle and a few other races should we now assess how his attempted sabotage of the Melbourne Carnival has gone?
TAB turnover on Sydney races in NSW has gone through the roof, in other states it has also increased much to the detriment of Caulfield Cup Day, on Derby Day I have yet to see turnover figures.
On Everest day the attendance at Randwick was far more than the previous year on the same meeting, however on Golden Eagle meeting is was nothing to write home about if one is to take into account all the freebies that were handed out.
In Melbourne the attendance on Caulfield Cup Day was down , however with terrible weather 80,000 + attended Derby Day. The VRC carnival is not only about racing but fashion, socialising, networking etc, if one is to have a look at the amount of resources companies put into marketing and their marquees at the VRC carnival it would double the prize money of all the Sydney races. I doubt what ever Vlandys pulls out of his hat nothing will have any impact on the VRC carnival, you cannot buy tradition by throwing prize money around like confetti,
This is the first running of those races in Sydney, so to be fair, their long term affect is still open to debate, but for the present the Caulfield Cup Day is vulnerable, but Cup Week is untouchable.