Cup Day Picnic Races cancelled
The Mansfield Marks IGA Melbourne Cup Day Picnic Races will not go ahead on November 2
THE Mansfield District Racing Club (MDRC) has regretfully announced that following a directive from Country Racing Victoria, the Mansfield Marks IGA Melbourne Cup Day Picnic Races will not go ahead on November 2.
Race club president Leanne Backwell expressed the club’s disappointment.
“Our club is naturally disappointed to hear that we cannot race with a crowd.
“With our meeting falling on the cusp of changes to the Victorian COVID Roadmap, there had been strong indication that Mansfield could race with capped numbers.
“However, we have just been advised by Country Racing Victoria that this is no longer possible.”
The news comes after it was recently announced that the Melbourne Cup would still proceed.
Double vaccinated Victorians will be able to attend the ‘race that stops a nation’ under a large-scale trial of crowd numbers.
About 10,000 racing fans will be able to attend the Melbourne Cup on November 2, while Oaks Day and Stakes Day will be allowed similar-sized crowds.
Premier Daniel Andrews said the events send an important signal about changes over the coming months.
“We’re going to normalise this virus, we are going to move through this difficult gateway, we’re going to open up and we’re going to be back doing what we do best,” he told reporters on Sunday.
Fortunately, it is not too long until the Mansfield Hygain Cup on January 9 when the MDRC hopes to host a picnic race day full of entertainment and fun for all ages.
Traditional attractions such as fashions on the field, marquee packages and children’s entertainment will feature, along with new innovations.
On behalf of the race club committee Mrs Backwell thanked the Mansfield community, race club members, sponsors and friends in the racing industry for their patience and support in uncertain times.