The Melbourne Cup’s most successful owner, Lloyd Williams, says horse racing should not have to make way for a rescheduled AFL finals series, with the Victoria Racing Club willing to go head-to-head with the grand final if it falls on the opening day of the Cup carnival.
AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has said the league has set a target of October 31 to finish its revamped season. October 31 is when the Cup carnival is due to kick off with Victoria Derby Day, although there is a view in Victorian sporting circles that October 24 – Cox Plate day – is a more likely date for the grand final.
The AFL is working towards a start date in late June, to complete a 17-round season plus finals. But a number of factors, including byes, will determine when it ends.
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