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VRC Stands Firm On No Black Caviar Incentive

Wednesday, 8th June 2011

The Victoria Racing Club “will not offer appearance money to the connections of Black Caviar to ensure she runs at Flemington in November” reported The Herald-Sun. The newspaper noted: “The VRC has been accused of a lack of foresight in creating a $600,000 bonus for the Gr1 Patinack Farm Classic that is available only to overseas raiders. An incentive payment to the great mare's connections had been touted as a way to ensure she contested the race she won so impressively last year.” However VRC chief executive Dale Monteith said an incentive payment to Black Caviar would be “a precedent the VRC was not prepared to entertain. We don't provide such incentives for the Melbourne Cup or any other race.” Monteith confirmed the VRC had contacted trainer Peter Moody & Black Caviar's owners “after learning of their disappointment that the champion would not be eligible for the bonus”; Monteith added he was confident Black Caviar was “far more likely to contest the Patinack than miss it”. Monteith emphasised the bonus was set for 3 years “as an incentive for horses to come here, something that had been difficult to achieve because of the disincentives of travel and quarantine”. He declared bluntly: “Without the bonus, we'd have no chance of attracting a Rocket Man or any other overseas horse.” Monteith also noted that “one of the racing industry's priorities was to convince the Federal Government to relax quarantine requirements”.

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