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Melbourne Cup Carnival Finishes on A High

Friday, 8th November 2019

Despite showing an overall year-on-year decline in attendance, the Victoria Racing Club’s 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival was enjoyed by more than 276,000 people at Flemington Racecourse over the eight-day period. Throughout the Carnival, 487 horses competed in 37 races, representing an average field size of 13.2 runners. The four race cards, offering more than $27 million in prize money, saw 26 individual trainers and 19 jockeys enjoy victory. The JB Cummings Excellence Award went to Flemington trainer Chris Waller for his outstanding Melbourne Cup Carnival achievements, and the Ron Hutchinson Excellence Award was won by jockey Craig Williams, with each receiving $50,000. Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said it had been a spectacular week of racing. “The track raced safely and evenly all week and we saw impressive fields throughout. Special acknowledgement must go to Flemington trainers who accounted for 17 of the winners across the Carnival, including five of the eight Gr1 races,” Mr Wilson said. “We thank all those who attended Cup Week including our members who filled The Club Stand which has completed a successful first year of operation. The Park was a top destination for a fourth year, showcasing fashion, food and entertainment, while the new-look Birdcage, grandstands, members carparks, and lawns also teemed with racegoers enjoying Flemington at its best.” Wilson added, “The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a resounding tourism success story. This is Australia’s original major event, and it contributes to the economy like no other.” Coverage of the Lexus Melbourne Cup was streamed to a global audience on Twitter for a fourth straight year, with 60% of viewers from Japan. Network 10’s live coverage of the Lexus Melbourne Cup reached 2.9 million nationally, lpus 490,000 live streams in its first year. The Cup was also screened at primetime into the USA on America’s biggest network, CBS.

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