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NSW Boss Defends Everest Scheduling
Racing NSW CEO Peter V'landys has defended the scheduling of The Everest, Sydney's new $10 million sprint feature announced by the NSW governing body and the Australian Turf Club on Wednesday. The Everest (1200m), which will be run for the first time under weight-for-age conditions at Royal Randwick on 14 October 2017, will offer total prize money of $10 million making it jointly the richest 1200 metre and richest turf race in the world. The timing of the race has drawn criticism from some sections of the racing industry for its perceived clash with Melbourne's flagship spring carnival, but V'landys insists the scheduling can be mutually beneficial. "Absolutely not. Never has been, never will be," V'landys told Melbourne's Radio Sport National yesterday when asked if The Everest was designed to compete directly with Melbourne's carnival. "The race is 1200 metres. [The] last time I looked the Melbourne Cup was 3200 metres, so it's not competing against the Melbourne Cup," he said. "We've also put it in the calendar to complement the Victorian Spring Carnival. The Manikato's two weeks later, the Darley's two weeks after that...if we are able to attract international horses, that'd only be good for Melbourne as they'd stay on and go to those two races." V'landys added: "So really, they'd be coming to Australia to compete for $12 million instead of $10 million."