Irish invaders were very successful in Melbourne during the famous Spring Carnival in recent years, but this year's runner crop will have an interrupted schedule to deal with changes made to the Australian program.
Aidan O & # 39; Brien won the Cox Plate 2014, while son Joseph sealed Rekindling to win the Melbourne Cup in 2018. The pair also came close to the race that stops a nation last year with Il Paradiso 3rd for Aidan O & # 39; Brien and Master Of Reality 4º to Joseph after being demoted.
There will undoubtedly be an influx of trained runners in Ireland once again as they compete for some of the biggest prizes on the planet, but things will be a little different in 2020, after a rejection of the Spring Carnival calendar.
While Australian races remained largely unchanged during the coronavirus outbreak, the knock on the sports calendar effect being interrupted will result in the Caulfield Cup moving six weeks away from its traditional location.
Normally, the strict quarantine periods would lead perfectly to the three and a half week period of the three major races in Australia horse racing calendar. But, under the new proposals, there will be a five-week period between Cox Plate on October 24 and the Caulfield Cup rescheduled on November 28.
This would leave an enigma for people like O & # 39; Briens, with the traditional leadership of the Caulfield Cup, which should be staged on October 17, at the Melbourne Cup is not the same option as in previous years.
And for all runners who would be targets for both groups, a race between the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup may now need to be taken into account, given the 25-day difference between the two races.
Race planning, travel times and training while in Melbourne will need to be thought out for all runners who are considered to be inclined to Australian prizes.
The Caulfield Cup is scheduled to be delayed six weeks and ends on November 28 due to the Australian AFL rule season, which ends in October, it was interrupted during the coronavirus outbreak. Caulfield Guinea Day, which should have taken place a week earlier on 10 October, will also be held.
Cox Plate at the Moonee Valley will remain in place and be part of a great day, with the AFL Grand Final held for the first time in the evening.
The Melbourne Cup will also not leave the holiday schedule on the first Tuesday of November, with the race that stops a nation guaranteed to run as expected on November 3.