Victorian government rejects VRC’s bid for owners to attend Melbourne Cup carnival

The Victoria Racing Club’s bid to host a small number of owners during the Melbourne Cup carnival has been vetoed.

Racing Minister Martin Pakula rejected the VRC’s submissions to host up to 1000 owners per day for each of the four days of the carnival, starting with Saturday’s Victoria Derby.

The State Goverment’s decision came after last week’s backflip on allowing 500 owners to attend the Cox Plate carnival at The Valley.

“I have today advised the Victoria Racing Club that connections of horses competing at the Melbourne Cup Carnival will not be permitted to attend the course,” Pakula said in a statement.

Racing Minister Martin Pakula confirmed no owners will be permitted to attend Flemington during the Melbourne Cup carnival. Picture: AAPSource:AAP

“The government has determined that next week is not a suitable time for gatherings of that nature.

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

“The four days at Flemington will enthral racing fans and the Melbourne Cup will, as always, stop the nation.

“We wish the Victoria Racing Club and owners all the best for the carnival.”

The VRC on Sunday abandoned hopes of hosting crowds during the famous four-day carnival.

Originally published asOwners shut out of Melbourne Cup carnival

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