2021 Melbourne Cup Set To Continue Despite Attendance Restrictions

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● The new Melbourne Cup for 2021
● Melbourne Cup plans and restrictions in 2021
● Attendance allowed in reduced numbers for the 2021 Melbourne Cup Carnival

The Melbourne Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in Australia. It was first to run in 1861 at Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia and now takes place on the first Tuesday of every November, with the main race starting at 3 pm. It has always been a wildly popular event for the city of Melbourne, with people flocking from all over the world to experience the atmosphere of a race that stops a nation.

2021 Melbourne Cup attendance restrictions

In a regular year, everyone is keen to see their hot tips pay off and the atmosphere is buzzing, but the day is more than just about horse racing. Usually, there are concerts, fashion events and plenty of venues to enjoy some good food and drink; however, recent lockdowns in the state has meant that attendance at this year’s Cup has had to be restricted.

The Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has confirmed that 10,000 people will be allowed to attend the event this year as a precursor test for other large-scale events to take place in the state. All attendees must provide evidence of double vaccinations to be allowed to enter the gates at Flemington and the Racecourse itself will be dissected into 4 spectator zones.

Favorites for the 2021 Melbourne Cup

The first is Spanish Mission, a 5-year-old bay stallion from the United States. He has had 6 wins so far in his career and doubtless, there will be more to follow. It will be interesting to see how this horse runs regardless of his promising Melbourne Cup odds.

Incentivise, a 5-year-old bay gelding from Australia has been the talk of the town for months. He has taken the prize in several races at Group One level. Totalling almost $1,500,000 in career earnings with eight first places in his career, this is a horse certainly worth keeping an eye on in this year’s Melbourne Cup.

Delphi is a 5-time race winner and is one of the top favorites to win this year’s big race. This 4-year-old bay stallion hails from Ireland and is trained by an Australian father-son team. His most recent win was at Caulfield Racecourse on the 9th of October in the Herbert Power Stakes with champion jockey Damien Oliver in the saddle.

With 8 career wins under his belt, Grand Promenade is a 5-year-old bay gelding from the UK with both the strength and the stamina to take home this year’s Melbourne Cup. He has amassed over $1,000,000 in earnings throughout his career and is likely to continue to be a favourite in future races.

Australia’s horseracing comeback

Though this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival is set to continue with restricted numbers, this is still good news. With no spectators at all allowed to attend the 2020 Melbourne Cup at all, this is a wonderful step in the right direction for horseracing in Australia to make a comeback. Throughout 2021, attendance at the Melbourne Cup has been a hot topic of discussion in racing circles with the final decision only being made by the State Government in early October.

From earlier in the year when the Victoria Racing Commission was leaning towards only allowing a small number of owners and trainers to attend the race to the final number rising as high as 10,000 people is enough to provide more than a glimmer of hope that the sport and the industry is on its way back to some state of normal.

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