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Australia No crowds at Flemington for Melbourne Cup Carnival due to coronavirus, Victoria Racing Club says

08:15  25 october  2020
08:15  25 october  2020 Source:   abc.net.au

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The Victoria Racing Club have announced no fans will be allowed to attend the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse next week. The city is still grappling the second wave of COVID-19, with authorities making the announcement on Sunday afternoon. The race that stops the nation normally

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The Melbourne Cup Carnival will go ahead, but no crowds will be allowed at Flemington for the four-day festival of racing, according to the Victoria Racing Club (VRC).

In a statement, VRC chairman Amanda Elliott said it was clear it would not be possible to safely host even small crowds at the racecourse for the festival.

"While we are very disappointed not to be able to welcome our members and racegoers to cup week, we understand the Government’s commitment to keeping our community safe," Ms Elliot said.

"We also recognise the need for certainty and clarity for our patrons, being only six days out from Derby Day.

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(Supplied: Victorian Government). Spring racing carnival could still go ahead in Melbourne . He said the Victoria Racing Club was planning for multiple scenarios including a cup week with no There's still hope small crowds could gather at Flemington for the Melbourne Cup in November.

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) administers racing at Flemington , and Melbourne Cup week is A huge crowd of racing fans descend on Flemington for the Group 1 Melbourne Cup , the richest Add any horses to follow to your blackbook and Sportsbet will email or SMS when they are due to go

"We are still in discussions regarding the potential return to the track for a small number of owners, as is currently permitted in regional Victoria."

Earlier in the day, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews delayed announcing the next steps in Melbourne's reopening, saying it was "not safe" yet to ease restrictions significantly.

Victoria recorded seven new coronavirus cases on Sunday, including six linked to an outbreak in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

Whether crowds should be allowed at race meetings has been a focus of debate ahead of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Last week the Victorian Government announced a limited number of owners would be allowed to Moonee Valley for Saturday's Cox Plate meeting, before backtracking on the decision.

More to come.

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