Melbourne is vying with Sydney for the right to host a new concept racing carnival that would see the country’s top horses racing through the heart of the CBD.
The proposal would involve the construction of a specially constructed 1km track along one of the city’s most famous tree-lined boulevards – possibly St Kilda Road or Olympic Boulevard.
While it would feature local horses, some of the world’s best jockeys would be flown in for the event.
The multi-million dollar race would be certain to attract global interest and would be watched by tens of thousands of spectators in purpose-built pop-up hospitality boxes.
The day would feature six races and would be beamed live around the world.
Victorian sports minister and Member for Lara John Eren said the government was looking closely at the concept.
“It will mean that some of the best horses with the best jockeys would converge on the city and race through the city,” Mr Eren said.
“(But) we’ve got to get past the first hurdle, which is, is it worth it for our city? Will it put us on the global map yet again?”
Similar events are also planned for some of the world’s greatest cities, including New York, Paris and Rome.
The company behind the idea, Sports & Entertainment Ltd, is known for its work in major events and project management.
It’s website describes City Racing as “bringing the Sport of Kings to the world’s greatest cities.”
“From 2018, 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.
“The City Racing Global Series will kick off in Europe, before continuing on to Australia, Asia and the US.”
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