The Ballarat Cup Will Close The Spring Racing Carnival In A New Timeslot

July 8th, 2010

Every year the Ballarat Cup closes the esteemed Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, and while it is an honourable event, has generally flown under the radar in terms of prestige – but that will all change this year.

The Ballarat Cup will be moved to Sunday the 21st of November this year – which will see off Australia’s elite spring carnival racing event in style.

Traditionally held on the third Wednesday in November, the Ballarat Cup is a Listed handicap over 2,200 metres worth $130,000 and provides the locals in Ballarat with a public holiday.

However Racing Victoria alongside Country Racing Victoria (CRV) and the Ballarat Turf Club (BTC), revealed the Ballarat Cup will be moved to Sunday the 21st of November this year – which will certainly see off Australia’s elite spring carnival racing event in style.

The move has come about after changes implemented by the State Government to the way public holidays are allocated in regional areas, and so moving the Cup to a weekend day prevents the Ballarat City Council from having to vote on whether or not the Cup day deserves a public holiday.

The move is also intended to draw a wider audience to the Ballarat Racecourse, and will give the carnival this year a send-off it truly deserves.

With some of Australia’s greatest races such as the Melbourne Cup, the WS Cox Plate and the Caulfield Cup during the span of the carnival, the Ballarat Cup often was previously overlooked, however with more emphasis now that it is on a Sunday – the event will surely come into its own.

As a result of the Ballarat Cup moving, the Benalla meet which had originally been scheduled for the 21st of November will be moved to Tuesday the 16th, with the Sale meeting scheduled for that date being pushed back to the 17th.

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