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Melbourne Cup Like Never Before

By Penne Clinch

Melbourne Cup day arrives without the crowds in a year like no other due to Coronavirus Restrictions

The horses and most trainers will be at the track but, for the first time in its history, the Melbourne Cup will be celebrated remotely by punters and racing fans alike.

Victoria’s COVID-19 restrictions mean even a limited number of racing fans and connections are not allowed to attend the race this year.

Victoria’s Racing Minister, Martin Pakula, said despite the easing of some restrictions, it was “not a suitable time for gatherings of this nature”.

The Victorian Government was forced to backflip on a decision to allow some owners and connections to attend the Cox Plate after a public backlash.

There’ll be no crowds to cheer the horses along at Flemington today, no car park breakfasts, boot parties or racegoers stumbling home when it’s all done, high-heels in hand and shirts untucked.

But racing fans in Melbourne say they are determined to still enjoy Australia’s most famous horse race, even if COVID restrictions mean their celebrations need to look a little different this year.

Angela Menz has been at Flemington with her dad on the first Tuesday of November for the past 14 years.

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