Sydney racegoers will be denied the chance to see Group I performers All Silent and Fist Of Fury during the spring carnival.
Their expected absence comes after Racing NSW refused a request from the Australian Jockey Club to change the distance of the Group II The Shorts in October.
Randwick trainers John Oâ€™Shea and Grahame Begg had hoped to kick-off their classy gallopers campaigns in The Shorts after the AJC/STC Sydney racing carnival booklet advertised the race would be run over 1200 metres on Epsom Handicap day, October 3.
â€œThe problem came about with the carnival booklet being the only publication out with October race dates when I set out his program,â€ Begg said of All Silent.
â€œI only got my Racing NSW calander on about the 8th of August.
â€œWe set All Silentâ€™s program back at the start of July so Racing NSW giving us eight weeks notice isnâ€™t good enough.â€
The AJC said the distance listed in the carnival booklet was a mistake and after being approached by some Sydney trainers they requested Racing NSW to consider changing the distance to 1200 metres.
â€œThe Shorts has been over 1100 metres for as long as I can remember and we only received an application late last week to change it to 1200 metres,â€ Racing NSW chief executive Peter Vâ€™landys said.
â€œUnfortunately six weeks out from the race after the official Racing NSW magazine had gone out meant it would have been unfair on participants to change the race.
â€œThe carnival booklet isnâ€™t put out by us so itâ€™s not our fault.â€
While Racing NSW has distanced itself from the AJC/STC booklet, it is still being promoted on its website as â€œthe booklet contains heaps of info and all you need to know about the approaching Sydney Spring Racing Carnivalâ€.
â€œItâ€™s very disappointing,â€ Oâ€™Shea said.
â€œWe are trying to keep our horses in Sydney.
â€œThese are two of Sydneyâ€™s premium sprinters and now they will both resume in the Gilgai at Flemington on the same day.â€
The Shorts was first run in 1867 and was conducted over 6 furlongs until 1972 when it was changed to 1100 metres.