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Vic Spring Carnival Clash With AFL Grand Final
Victoria Racing Club chief executive Dale Monteith says he "almost choked on his cereal when he read yesterday that the AFL Grand Final might be on a collision course with the 1st day of the Flemington spring carnival" reported The Herald-Sun. Monteith declared: "I couldn't believe it. It's a major concern to not just the VRC, but the racing industry. The people of Melbourne would lose out, as well. The transition from the Grand Final to Flemington has worked so well, I can't understand why anyone would want to change it." Turnbull Stakes day is run on the 1st Saturday in October, the possible new date for future AFL Grand Finals (due to the expansion of the AFL competition when Gold Coast enters next season). Racing Victoria chief executive Rob Hines said racing could not compete with the Grand Final & noted: "For most people, racing comes 2nd to football. Simply, everyone would go to the footy. This would be bad for everyone. It would be a disaster for the racing industry. I'd be very concerned about the impact on our customers." Hines & Monteith said they were confident the AFL, particularly chief executive Andrew Demetriou, "would respect racing's narrow window of opportunity & butt out of October". Both plan "to speak to Demetriou in the next few days".