The Victoria Racing Club has conceded it's now impossible to host crowds at this year's Melbourne Cup carnival in a bitter blow for the club.
VRC chairman Amanda Elliott said the club had submitted a "comprehensive" proposal to the state government on how it could manage crowds safely during the four-day carnival, but said it was now clear that crowds would not be allowed on course.
"While we are very disappointed not to be able to welcome our members and racegoers to Cup week, we understand the government's commitment to keeping our community safe. We also recognise the need for certainty and clarity for our patrons, being only six days out from Derby Day," Elliott said.
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Article written by: Damien Ractliffe