No crowds at this year’s Melbourne Cup carnival

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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.

There won’t be crowds at this year’s Melbourne Cup carnival.Credit:Joe Armao

"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.

"We are still in discussions regarding the potential return to the track for a small number of owners, as is currently permitted in regional Victoria," Elliott said.

"What is certain is the Melbourne Cup Carnival will go ahead with viewing audiences watching from across Australia and around the world. The spirit of Cup week, the high-quality racing and the 160th running of the people's Cup will be enjoyed by millions."

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