Just hours after announcing Lexus as the new sponsor for this year's Melbourne Cup, and the promise of more prizemoney for the race, Victorian Racing Club chairman Amanda Elliott urged Victorian clubs to not be distracted by Sydney's multimillion-dollar sprint race The Everest.
Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday that in 2019 the 1200m race would clash with the Caulfield Cup, one of Australia's most important staying races.
"I'm sort of sick of dealing with this whole 'what have NSW done now?' The fact that The Everest may have a potential clash with the Caulfield Cup, I think Victoria needs to get on with it," Elliott said.
"Whatever NSW does we shouldn't have knee-jerk reactions to it. Our racing scene down here is absolutely fantastic. It's robust, the racing is spectacular.
"Let's not all fly into a fit every time we see some headline about The Everest. We need to just run our race here, make our Victorian thoroughbred landscape as good as it can possibly be," she said.