The Trainers' Association has petitioned the racing department of the Jockey Club seeking a change of programming in relation to the Stewards' Cup and the Happy Valley Trophy. The Stewards' Cup, over 1,600 metres, is the first leg of the Triple Crown and will be run on November 9, while the Happy Valley Trophy, over 1,200 metres at the city track, takes place four days later. There were immediate complaints from trainers when the programme was first announced, as a longer sprint comes after a mile race, with both races for top Class One horses, and the timing of the races just four days apart. Champion trainer Ivan Allan said: 'It is illogical. The sprint race should come before the Stewards' Cup and to have only four days between the two is poor planning.' The Trainers' Association will now officially petition the racing department. David Hill, deputising for the injured Bruce Hutchison as spokesman, said: 'I am not personally affected, but the trainers definitely feel that the programming should be altered. We are now seeking to have that done.' Senior handicapper Martyn Stewart said that both races were also intended as important lead-up races for the International Races in December. 'It was felt that the Stewards' Cup is ideally placed for the International Cup or Vase while the Happy Valley Trophy looks just about perfect for the International Bowl,' he said. 'Traditionally, this has been their placing on the calendar and it was only altered to a later date last year because we had the Happy Valley Trophy as the feature race at the re-opening of Happy Valley on November 25. 'It was still the first leg of the Sprint championship but it did give horses who were in the Stewards' Cup the chance of possibly backing up in the Happy Valley Trophy if that was the wish.' The Stewards' Cup was run on November 11 and was won by Horse of the Year Mr Vitality who backed up two weeks later to win the Happy Valley Trophy.