The Ballarat Cup's current place in late November looks increasingly under threat with reports the Melbourne Racing Club is aiming to run its carnival in that timeslot.
There has been discussions around the possibility for the Caulfield Cup meeting to be run on November 28 and Caulfield Guineas program on November 21, the same date as is currently locked in for the Ballarat Turf Club's feature day.
MRC chairman Peter Le Grand said no decisions had been made by his committee, but admitted a carnival shift was being looked at.
"We want to welcome people back to racing. That's surely got to be the first thing we can do," he said.
"And if we can get our crowds back in November... we've got no idea when they'll be able to come back, but there's more chance with November than there is in October.
"We get clear air for media etc and public engagement away from football, it allows all our major customer segments and our punters to get to the track and enjoy the day, the weather will be better hopefully than what it is in October, all our corporate partners can come as well and it's got a huge impact on a whole community."
Le Grand said his committee would meet this week and proposals would then have to be ticked off by Racing Victoria.
BTC chief executive Belinda Glass wished not to make comment when asked on Tuesday, but was quoted in The Courier on Monday regarding the situation.
"We've put a submission to Country Racing Victoria to maintain the date," she said.
Glass said whether COVID-19 restrictions had been relaxed to allow a crowd was not a factor for the club.
"We want to keep the date, crowd or no crowd," she said.
In recent years, the Ballarat Cup has been placed as a standalone Victorian metropolitan meeting two Saturdays after the conclusion of the four-day Flemington carnival. The feature Sandown meeting usually sits in the middle, but it's also understood changes are planned to that program. The MRC runs both Caulfield and Sandown.
The 2019 Ballarat Cup day was the richest meeting ever run in regional Victoria with prizemoney of close to $2 million over 10 races.