New AFL Season Set To Conflict With Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

June 23rd, 2010

In Victoria, AFL and horse racing have always been fought over as the most popular sport in the state, and so the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival was strategically placed to go ahead after the Aussie Rules season and before the cricket started for its own piece of glory.

The AFL have recently put forward that they are looking to extend the season which would clash with the coveted opening day of the spring carnival.

However the AFL have recently put forward that they are looking to extend the season which would clash with the coveted opening day of the spring carnival and the running of the Turnbull Stakes.

Gillon McLachlan, the AFL chief operating officer has announced the prestigious AFL grand final being pushed back a week, and the Turnbull Stakes moving to the Sunday with negative reviews from the Victorian Racing Club.

While the AFL are not being nasty about the potential change, and happy to accommodate a concerned Racing Victoria Limited, they are determined the adjustment needs to go ahead with the addition of the Gold Coast and the Greater Western Sydney AFL teams.

However it looks as though the decision could all come down to money with the change potentially adding millions of dollars onto the worth of Aussie rules footy.

It seems tradition has been thrown out of the window, as the Turnbull Stakes Day always goes ahead on the first Saturday of October, and is the first anticipated Group 1 event at the carnival.

Having already lost the battle with cricketing officials as to using the MCG if the AFL Season were to start earlier, fingers are crossed that Spring Carnival Racing in Melbourne will continue to bask in the glory of the media in the future, without fighting with AFL as it does throughout the rest of the year.