The world's richest turf race, The Everest, is set to further encroach on Melbourne's spring carnival and could be run on the same day as the Caulfield Cup next year.
Administrators from both NSW and Victoria are bracing for The Everest, which will be worth $14 million in 2019, to possibly be run parallel with one of Australia's "big four" races due to a change in public holiday dates.
Despite The Everest clashing with Melbourne's Caulfield Guineas program in its inaugural running last October, a later Labour Day long weekend next year could push it further into next year's spring schedule.
Without a drastic switch in spring programming, it means the 1200-metre slot race, which morphed into a marketing machine for its inaugural running last year, will vie for the spotlight with one of Australia's most revered races and traditional Melbourne Cup lead-up.
While the 2018-19 racing program is far from set in stone, Fairfax Media understands racing officials either side of the border have discussed internally the awkward potential of a Caulfield Cup-The Everest clash.