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Provincial Tracks May Host Caulfield-Melb Cup Lead-Ups
Meanwhile The Age reports that "Victoria's 3 biggest provincial cities could all play crucial roles in spring carnivals, with the possibility that the Bendigo & Ballarat cups could join the Geelong Cup as feeder races to the Caulfield & Melbourne Cups". In the newly-elected Coalition's plan for racing in Victoria, "it said it would attempt to shift the mid-November Ballarat Cup to an early October date - possibly 10 days before the Caulfield Cup - while it planned to extend the distance of the Bendigo Cup to make it a qualifying race for the Melbourne Cup 6 days later". Ballarat Turf Club chief executive Shane Brennan "confirmed yesterday he was looking forward to the next step in the process by holding discussions with Racing Victoria over a possible reprogramming of the Ballarat Cup to the club's Golden Nugget Stakes day on the 1st Wednesday in October". Brennan said: "Ballarat is one of the state's most spacious racetracks along with Geelong & Bendigo & its cup could serve as a start-off point for the spring for international gallopers."