Hopes for immediate action on The Pattern of black type-racing have been dashed as Racing Australia opted not to act on recommendations that have been almost four years in the making.

Golden Eagle in 2023.
The status of races such as the Golden Eagle remains unchanged despite a Racing Australia report into The Pattern. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

There has been no national approach on changes to the black-type calendar for over five years, leaving The Pattern in a stasis because of disagreement between the states over how it should evolve.

There was some optimism for movement when a report by a committee convened by Racing Australia in 2020 was set to be presented to the RA Board at its May meeting.

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