Turfdeli you are 100 per cent correct. This obsession with foreign horses has in my opinion diminished the Spring Carnival . As a punter it has become a no go zone. The Melbourne Cup for nearly a century and a half was the race "that stopped a nation". Now with half the field composed of the lesser lights of Europe and the obligatory runners of various oil sheiks its relevance to this Country is limited. Sure I will watch the race but certainly wont be betting on it ,or even looking forward to it as I once did. To me it now has all the interest of the now defunct Cup Day Hurdle which has now gone because the powers that be didn't want a few half wit protestors playing up in front of all these European toffs. Last year us Aussies got a dream result with one of the stories you couldn't script. Was it enhanced by all these imports ? I don't think so. To add insult to injury we had some over the hill and over rated European jockey knock half the field down. When one or two turned up fine, but it has now become ridiculous.
Dean, not sure I agree with anything you have written here.
Because Australia and to a lesser extent NZ are quite happy to breed the stamina out of the thoroughbred, we need the imports.
The Geelong cup proves that.
If Australia wants to avoid further embarrassment they will have to make the MC a 2000 metre race.
Can't have the MC as a no go zone, too far committed on Almandin for that.
Gunbower said the same thing about the CC and with favourite winning and a $13.00 quinella would surely dispel that.
You are not suggesting bringing back the cup day hurdle.....are you ?