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    Posted: 08 Aug 2018 at 8:52am
EXCLUSIVE: A MULTIMILLION-dollar horse racing event that would see thoroughbreds sprint along Melbourne city streets is being considered by the Andrews Government.

The City Racing day, conceived by a global sporting group also planning events in Paris, New York, Rome and Hong Kong, features a 1000m track installed in the CBD as well as pop-up hospitality suites and boxes.

World-class jockeys would be flown in to ride local horses, with punters to line the streets for six races beamed around the world and showcasing the best our capital has to offer.

A potential location for Melbourne races would be along St Kilda Road and across the Princes Bridge, near to Flinders St Station and Federation Square.
Another option is Olympic Boulevard, where crowds could line the street near the Tennis Centre and Olympic Park, with the finish line framed by the MCG.

Documents seen by the Herald Sun shows a flat road of about 1.25km — at a width of about 14m for up to eight horse races — would be needed for the track and run-off. The street used would need to be shut down for about five days.

A special track, made by the company that produced equestrian surfaces at the London Olympics, could be installed within a couple of days for the mega event. The concept was created by Sports & Entertainment Ltd, which boasts the Queen’s eldest grandson, Peter Phillips, as its managing director.


Paris is tipped to be the first event, after it was backed by French racing authorities and the Champs Elysees Committee.


However, Australia is also in the mix to host the first race, with Melbourne and Sydney likely to jostle to secure the rights if the concept is approved by state government and council authorities.

A Victorian government spokesman said ideas on how to boost Melbourne’s global exposure were welcomed.

“While we won’t comment on specific proposals, we welcome ideas for how to showcase Melbourne to the world,” he said.

The track used for the event would be made of high-strength plastic “blocks” linked together above the ground to protect roads, and covered in a shock-absorbing sand used on some international race tracks.

Sports & Entertainment declined to comment, but its website said the City Racing Global Series will kick off in Europe “before continuing on to Australia, Asia and the US”.

“City Racing brings the Sport of Kings to the world’s greatest cities,” the website said. “Landmark roads in cities around the globe will be transformed to bring horse racing to the masses through these innovative and first of their kind events.”

Matt Johnston
Herald Sun


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Red Hare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Aug 2018 at 10:24am
The emoticons could do with an upgrade.

None of them have enough sass to respond to this.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote crooked_gambler Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Aug 2018 at 10:32am
Maybe this is what Chautauqua is looking for?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote linghi11 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Aug 2018 at 10:48am
Didn’t work out on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and now they’re thinking Melbourne? We need an emoticon with a gun to one’s head for this rubbish

Edited by Gay3 - 08 Aug 2018 at 11:57am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Baghdad Bob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Aug 2018 at 10:52am
Just another stunt by the Andrews ALP government before the up-cominng elections in November.
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Doesn't look like the govt has said anything. They'd be doing no more than looking at proposals - as any govt would, irrespective of its colour. Having failed in Sydney the promoters are shopping around looking for their next sucker.
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Just election garbage by a party that usually preferences the greens (and will form a government with them if need be) who want to ban , greyhound, jumps, harness and horse racing, along with use of animals in circuses and even zoo,s.

If you love racing be very very careful putting greens on your voting card
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Red Hare Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2018 at 12:12pm
It's such a ridiculous proposal, one has to wonder whether it is some sort of tax avoidance scheme. Deeper conspiracy theorists would probably create a link between this and other ridiculous planning/proposal announcements with comments from various levels of government.

Maybe there's a member of the royal family in town & this is how they communicate their arrival to the rest of the Stonecutters, or whatever the secret society of the day may be.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tontonan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 Aug 2018 at 2:48pm
Originally posted by Platinum Platinum wrote:

Just election garbage by a party that usually preferences the greens (and will form a government with them if need be) who want to ban , greyhound, jumps, harness and horse racing, along with use of animals in circuses and even zoo,s.

If you love racing be very very careful putting greens on your voting card

You are going to have to explain this to me Platinum...  

If the Government is in league with the Greens (who want to ban horse racing) why would they be promoting horse racing in the city streets as an election policy ?   Wouldn't that upset their Green allies ? 

I think you will find the government has nothing to do with the proposal which was put to them by Sports and Entertainment Ltd.  
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Interesting letters to the editor responses to this so called proposal - almost all are highly negative. This pathetic idea looks to have little hope of getting off the ground. 


This format was announced in the Racing Post on Jan 30 2017 and is no closer to reality despite a mouthpiece suggestion that the first event could be held in September last year. There was another RP announcement on Feb 15 2018 for a meeting to go ahead in Paris. There is as yet no confirmation of that event. 


This mob with Royal family connections seem to be the frontrunner - http://www.uk-sel.com/city-racing/
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Is this for real? I assumed it was a joke article..
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Hahahaha imagine shutting St Kilda Rd for 5 days just for this!! Not going to happen, ever.
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The next location, the Overland Handicap, which will re-enact the old Cobb & Co trail between Sydney and Melbourne.

Financed by the ALP from N.S.W and Victoria.

Real vote grabber!

Of course this is much more important than assisting the farmers through a drought which has nothing to do with climate change
Remember, it might take intelligence to be smart , but it takes experience to be wise
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