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VRC To Celebrate Black Caviar The Great Horse Raceday
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will host Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday this Saturday 18 February 2017 marking the finale of summer racing at Flemington. Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday, featuring the $750,000 Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m), will combine the excitement of world-class thoroughbred racing with a taste of Asian culture. VRC Chief Executive Simon Love said the day is designed to entice new audiences to Flemington as part of the Club’s Asian strategy and reinvigorate the current offering. “Black Caviar, The Great Horse Raceday is part of the VRC’s increased focus on engaging with Melbourne’s diverse community,” he said. “We want to attract new racegoers and diversify the occasion for existing customers by offering a taste of our multicultural city through Asian experiences focused on racing, food and entertainment.” The Black Caviar Lightning marks the commencement of the 2017 Global Sprint Challenge, which will see the world’s best sprinters compete in a ten-race series, with US$1 million on offer to any horse that is able to win three of the ten races across three different countries. The Black Caviar Lightning has attracted a large number of nominations, with 16 sprinters vying to win the first major Australian sprint race of 2017. Nominations include the 2016 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback, 2016 Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Flying Artie, and fellow Gr1 winners Flamberge and Terravista. Chasing Group 1 success for the first time will be speedy mares Heatherly and Sheidel, as well as Spieth, Fell Swoop, and Star Turn, who came so close to a Group 1 victory over the 2016 Melbourne Cup Carnival.