Racing Queensland says it was not viable to split its two-year-old race at Eagle Farm .
Some trainers are upset Saturday’s $125,000 event is not being run in two divisions but instead has 10 starters and six emergencies.
The race could be vital to qualify horses for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on January 11.
An RQ spokesperson said the aim was to provide as many opportunities as possible for trainers to race in Queensland to qualify their horses for Magic Millions.
“From November 2 to January 4, RQ conducts 24 races for two-year-olds at a variety of tracks and distances in south east Queensland,” the spokesperson said.
“And only this year we created an additional opportunity for qualification through the introduction of the Golden Pearl for fillies, in support of the Golden Nugget for colts and geldings, run one week prior to Magic Millions day.
“With only 16 acceptances for the Plate at Eagle Farm this Saturday and with half with those also holding nominations for the Gold Coast meeting on the same day, it was not viable to divide the race.”