All-Star Mile sweetener for Cox Plate shift

News Corp has learned one of the carrots on the table for the MVRC to agree to the radical move is they could keep the popular All-Star Mile for multiple years – at least for the next three.

The $5m All-Star Mile is currently rotated around Melbourne’s three premier racetracks – Flemington, Caulfield and The Valley.

It will be staged at The Valley in March and could remain there for the next few years, contingent on the club agreeing to move the Cox Plate to late November.

The fan-voted All-Star Mile was won by Zaaki when the race was staged at Flemington last year.

There is a view that the unique up-close-and-personal layout at the Valley, where fans feel they can almost reach out and touch the horses, would be a perfect fit for the All-Star Mile.

However, such a move is far from set in stone – it hinges on the Valley agreeing to move the Cox Plate to late November.

Other potential sweeteners such as a bumper Cox Plate prizemoney boost and bonuses attached to key lead-up races are part of the potential deal to move the Cox Plate.

Forward-thinking Racing Victoria chief executive Andrew Jones is keen to extend the spring carnival and push back later into November where there is less competition from other sports and the potential to increase wagering and crowd numbers.

But the MVRC is not yet sold on the idea to move the Cox Plate.

It is understood the Cox Plate shift is more likely than not to happen but no final decision has been made.

Feedback on the proposal has so far been mixed, meeting with strong support from some quarters but also having some high-profile detractors.

Racing’s first lady Gai Waterhouse wants the traditional Cox Plate day retained while Melbourne Cup king Lloyd Williams has told News Corp he doesn’t see any need for change.

Part of the problem with shifting the spring carnival to later dates is that the Victoria Racing Club has refused any suggestion to move Melbourne Cup week.

It means any spring carnival revamp has many moving pieces which are not easily juggled.

Some suggest the simpler idea would be to push back the entire spring carnival.

Originally published as Moonee Valley could become home of the All-Star Mile if it agrees to switch Cox Plate

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