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Sport Melbourne Cup to go ahead, but without spectators

10:40  25 october  2020
10:40  25 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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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 decision comes after the Victorian government on Wednesday backflipped on their decision to allow spectators at the Cox Plate over the weekend.

August’s US PGA Championship is scheduled to go ahead at San Francisco’s TPC Harding Park without spectators . The event will be the year’s first major after July’s Open Championship was postponed until next year and the Masters and US Open were moved back to November and

Australia's Melbourne Cup horse race will go ahead next month but without crowds due to coronavirus restrictions, organisers said on Sunday, dealing the event a major blow.

a group of people in uniform: Fans will not be allowed at next month's Melbourne Cup due to coronavirus restrictions © WILLIAM WEST Fans will not be allowed at next month's Melbourne Cup due to coronavirus restrictions

First run in 1861, it is a cultural institution and up to 100,000 well-dressed punters usually flock to Flemington, with boozy parties held nationwide and the winning horse instantly becoming a household name in Australia.

But despite hopes that some sort of crowd would still be allowed on November 3, within government and public health guidelines, the Victoria Racing Club conceded it would not be possible.

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The Melbourne Cup was the 15th most-watched event on Australian free-to-air television last year. Are there still tickets available to go to the Melbourne Cup ? For those who have left their planning Beginners guide to placing a bet on cup day. A spectator checks the form guide at the

Vow and Declare (pictured winning the Melbourne Cup on the far right) had been considered one of At least 81,000 spectators piled into the racecourse to see Williams claim victory on the back of Vow and Declare thrust himself into Melbourne Cup contention by winning the Queensland Derby in June.

"While we are very disappointed not to be able to welcome our members and racegoers to Cup Week, we understand the (Victorian) government's commitment to keeping our community safe," chairman Amanda Elliott said in a statement.

"We also recognise the need for certainty and clarity for our patrons."

Victoria state has been battling a resurgence of Covid-19, with Melbourne's five million people under stay-at-home restrictions for three months.

Case numbers have dwindled in recent weeks with only a handful of daily infections, and some lockdown rules were relaxed last week.

But big-ticket sporting events in Melbourne have been hit hard with the Australian Rules grand final played outside the city on Saturday for the first time in over a century.

This year's Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne was cancelled at the last minute in March as the virus first emerged in the city.

Organisers are confident cricket's Boxing Day Test in December -- this year featuring India -- and the Australian Open tennis Grand Slam in January will go ahead.

But whether fans are allowed remains to be seen.

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