The Victoria Racing Club was not successful in obtaining permission from authorities to host a group of racehorse owners.
Australia.- The country’s most famous horseracing meeting, the Melbourne Cup, will be held from November 3 without an audience. Even the owners of the racehorses will be unable to attend.
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) said the Victorian Government had rejected its proposal to host owners at the famous event.
The organisation said it was now focusing on providing owners with the best off-course experience as possible. It has prepared many off-course amenities and activities, from a fashion competition to a digital racebook and trivia games.
It said: “Owners are critical to our sport and industry. Their support has played a major part in sustaining racing during the pandemic. We are devastated that they cannot be at Flemington.”