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Caulfield Cup Field Increase Depends On Rail
Melbourne Racing Club's bid to increase the Gr1 Caulfield Cup field size from 18 to 20 "could hinge on the rail placement" reported The Herald-Sun. Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey nominated "safety of the jockeys & horses as the over-riding concern of stewards". Bailey said the "more available room on the racetrack meant the less likelihood of trouble & interference", noting there would be "more room to cater for more horses if the rail was in the true position". The rail was out 6m for the Caulfield Cup this year. Bailey said the "charge to the 1st turn" in the Caulfield Cup always gave rise to potential interference & declared: "It's no place for the faint-hearted." Bailey said he would await a formal approach by the MRC "before the issue was discussed by the integrity department". The Caulfield Cup has not had more than 18 starters since 20 horses contested the 1969 cup (won by Big Philou).