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Uncertainty Over SVREL’s Request For Change Of Distance For Oaks And Governor’s Cup

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There is uncertainty over whether or not requested changes to the racing calendar made by promoting company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), regarding the change in distance for the Jamaica Oaks and the Governor’s Cup will be granted by regulators, the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC)

There is uncertainty over whether or not requested changes to the racing calendar made by promoting company, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL), regarding the change in distance for the Jamaica Oaks and the Governor’s Cup will be granted by regulators, the Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC).

At a press conference last week, SVREL announced a revised racing calendar to include a reduction in the distance for two of the major races. In a letter to the JRC dated January 14, 2021, SVREL noted that it was seeking approval for the distance of the Jamaica Oaks for fillies and a major prep for the Jamaica Derby, the Governor’s Cup to be changed from 10 furlongs to eight and a half. The letter further stated that SVREL is aware that the regulatory deadline has passed, but it’s expected that the shorter distance will attract more horses and improve the competitiveness of the races.  

JRC chairman Clovis Metcalfe says whether they grant the approval to SVREL will depend on the input and position of other stakeholder groups. In response, chairman of SVREL Solomon Sharpe says whatever is agreed, the promoters will work with it and if it’s 10 furlongs, they’ll find another slot on the calendar. Sharpe is hoping a compromise can be reached when stakeholders meet again next month.