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Sport Minister announces connections of horses racing at Melbourne Cup will not be allowed to attend in 2020

07:50  28 october  2020
07:50  28 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The 2020 Melbourne Cup is Australia's most famous horse race held over a distance of 3200 metres at Flemington Specifically, the connections of many Melbourne Cup contenders appear spooked by the weight penalty that may The Melbourne Cup will be held on Tuesday, November 3 in 2020 .

a group of people riding on the back of a horse: The Melbourne Cup will be held at Flemington Racecourse on November 3. (Channel Ten) © Provided by ABC Health The Melbourne Cup will be held at Flemington Racecourse on November 3. (Channel Ten)

Racing Minister Martin Pakula has announced owners and connections of horses racing at the Melbourne Cup Carnival will not be allowed to attend the event at Flemington next week, despite the Government easing many coronavirus restrictions.

Mr Pakula said he had advised the Victoria Racing Club of the decision today.

"The Government has determined that next week is not a suitable time for gatherings of that nature," he said.

"It is the right decision and has been made in the interests of all Victorians."

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Melbourne Cup always draws a big attendance to Flemington racecourse view more information on attendances Each year hundreds of horses are nominated by their connections for the Melbourne Cup . It is accustom that the VRC announces the final Melbourne Cup Field and barriers at 5.30pm. The Melbourne Cup 2020 will be run on Tuesday, November 3 at Flemington Racecourse.

The 2019 Melbourne Cup is widely regarded as Australia’s major thoroughbred horse race . Archer also won the second running of the Melbourne Cup and was favourite to win the third before the owner failed to submit the entry form on time and Archer was not allowed to run.

Last week, Mr Pakula was forced to back down on a decision to allow owners and connections to attend the 100th running of the Cox Plate.

The Moonee Valley Racing Club had struck a deal with the Victorian Government allowing up to 500 owners and connections to attend the race meet, a decision which sparked widespread backlash at a time when Victorians could not have more than 10 people at a funeral.

Mr Pakula later said the decision was "a mistake, given that other restrictions remain in place, and we've heard the community feedback".

He said today's decision not to allow connections to attend the Melbourne Cup would not impact the significance of the race, which will be held on November 3 as part of the Spring Racing Carnival.

"The four days at Flemington will enthral racing fans and the Melbourne Cup will, as always, stop the nation," Mr Pakula said.

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Mr Pakula said he expected a crowd of around 25,000 cricket fans would be able to attend each day's play between Australia and India at the MCG.

But he said the Australian Open tennis tournament, which is due to begin on January 20, was proving more difficult.

"The Australian Open, from a logistical point of view, is a significantly greater challenge than cricket," he said.

"Apart from the issue of crowds you've got the issue of getting hundreds of players and their entourages into Melbourne, being quarantined, either here or in another part of the country, so the logistical issues with the Australian Open are significant."

Mr Pakula said he had spoken to tournament director Craig Tiley this morning and was working with him to come up with solutions.

"We're talking to them about the possibility of some sort of crowds at the Open but quite frankly, right now, getting those logistics in terms of getting people into Australia and into Melbourne is the focus of our conversations," he said.

"The question of crowds will be something that we will deal with a little later on."

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