Racing NSW boss claims The Everest ‘doing the Melbourne Cup a favour’
The world’s richest race on turf is back tomorrow with 10,000 fully-vaccinated race-goers in attendance.
Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys told Jim Wilson the TAB Everest is “embraced” by a younger crowd than most races.
“It’s for the under 30s, it’s a new generational race – kids don’t like doing what their parents do, so they haven’t gone to the traditional races like the Melbourne Cup.
“22,000 tickets were sold a couple of years ago, and 88 per cent of them were under the age of 30.
“I think we’re doing the Melbourne Cup a favour by bringing this younger generation in.”
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Race caller Darren Flindell told Wide World of Sports’ Chris Warren the beauty of the Everest is in its familiarity for racing fans – there are no dark horses from overseas to factor in.
“It’s a real sort of machine-gun type of race – you pull the trigger and you don’t draw breath really until it’s all over.
“People feel comfortable with these horses. They’ve got their popular ones … and they’ll stick with them in the race tomorrow.
“When all the foreigners come, it’s like studying for an exam in the last couple of days!”
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