Moonee Valley Racing Club officials are confident the centenary $5 million Cox Plate will receive deserved air time after the AFL Grand Final was scheduled for a night timeslot for the first time in history.
With the Grand Final starting at 7.30pm Melbourne time, the Cox Plate will be run at The Valley at 4.15pm — 40 minutes earlier than last year’s edition of the race.
MVRC chief executive Michael Browell confirmed the weight-for-age championship would occupy a coveted afternoon time-slot with the Grand Final being played under lights in Brisbane more than three hours later.
The scheduling will allow fans of both sports to enjoy each of the iconic events without danger of crossover.
Damian Lane and Lys Gracieux combine to win last year’s Cox Plate.Source:Getty Images
“With the announcement that the 2020 AFL Grand Final will be held at 7.30pm, we will now work closely with our broadcast partner Channel 7 to deliver a spectacular coverage of an incredible and historic day in Australian sport,” Browell said.
“We are thrilled that these two iconic sporting events have been co-ordinated in their timing so they can both be given the air time they deserve.
“The 100th running of the W.S. Cox Plate will be a brilliant spectacle that we look forward to sharing with the nation and indeed the world.”
Moonee Valley Racing Club chief executive Michael Browell holding this year’s trophy.Source:News Corp Australia
The Victoria Racing Club will introduce a virtual owners; experience by presenting the trophy for the $750,000 Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes to the connections of the winner.
Although the winning owners won’t be on course, VRC chairman Amanda Elliott will be online and all the winning owners will be able to join via a dedicated link and experience the trophy presentation as though they were there on-course.
The VRC said the trophy and the trainer will join the presentation from Flemington to celebrate the Group 1 success.
“The ultimate virtual owners experience is one of many offcourse initiatives to be introduced by the VRC for members, owners and fans over the coming race meetings,” the club said.
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Sky Racing Update: 11th September 2020
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Originally published asAnd they’re racing: Prime timeslot for centenary Cox Plate
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