Racing at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Leigh Jordon says he is 'rapt' with the level of support shown by trainers for Flemington's Rapid Racing concept after the meeting received a strong set of acceptances.
There were 89 acceptances, with one early scratching, on Sunday's seven-race card, with those numbers competitive with recent Caulfield and Flemington Saturday meetings.
Jordon, the Victoria Racing Club's executive general manager of racing, said the final fields had stood up well.
"We had field sizes of 12, so we've got capacity in nearly everything. We've got a couple of 11s and the two-year-olds, nine. But 89 acceptors across seven races, that's probably more than our past Saturday meeting with nine races," Jordon said.
"And with field sizes the way they've been lately, I'm rapt. I think the fields have stood up well so that's a big plus."
Jordon said the VRC wanted to package its Rapid Racing as something that was unique that could compete with the likes of Australian Rules football, soccer and basketball.
"We want it to be a bit different, bit entertaining and there's some good horses running around. And there's (some of) the 14 best jockeys in the state, seven metro, seven country. So, we've got to try these things and try and compete against other entertainment offerings that are going around," he said.
"We hope it goes well, we can build on it and maybe do other things too."
Recent acceptance numbers for Saturday metro meetings:
Flemington - January 11 - 84 acceptors
Flemington - January 18 - 81
Caulfield - January 25 - 90
Caulfield - February 1 - 69.