Victoria Racing Club CEO Keen on Fans Enjoying 2020 Melbourne Cup
VICTORIA, Australia – Neil Wilson has spoken regarding his intent to hold the 2020 Melbourne Cup this year despite the coronavirus crisis.
In an interview on radio station RSN927, the chief executive officer of the Victoria Racing Club expressed his concern for horse racing fans, specifically the enthusiasts of the carnival.
Wilson remarked that it is, indeed, frustrating not to have spectators in the 2020 Melbourne Cup because of the present public health dilemma gripping the world.
He stated that it is, however, more upsetting if they would not stage the sporting event at all, as per the report by Horsebetting.com.au.
Wilson cited that his group must conduct the 2020 Melbourne Cup as a platform of entertainment for Australian and international horse racing fans.
The head of the Victoria Racing Club relayed that the most well-known yearly Thoroughbred competition of Australia had reached 750 million fans globally.
He explained that these spectators could not be in the sporting event’s venue every year, so they are still the crowd that the Melbourne carnival desires to reach.
Wilson affirmed that they at the Victoria Racing Club are looking forward to making the 2020 Melbourne Cup a highly enjoyable event.
He mentioned that they would make the horse racing match special for the fans.
It is mainly because these enthusiasts had been struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic’s repercussions, the Victoria Racing Club head said.
Also, Wilson confirmed that the 2020 Melbourne Cup would be a spectacular competition regardless of whether there would be a robust or any overseas contingent.
The attribute of the carnival for this year is the national sense of returning to the competition with a cup that has a feeling of Australianness, he added.
Concerning the date of the forthcoming sporting event, Wilson cited that their target is to conduct the horse racing cup in November.
Also, they are eyeing the first Tuesday of that month as the date when the carnival will run.
Wilson mentioned the $8-million cash prize, saying that it is something they are considering at the Victoria Racing Club.
He cited that his group had reckoned that holding the prize pool at a similar level as in 2019 is not appropriate for this year because people are getting unemployed.
In 1861, Australia conducted the first-ever Melbourne Cup. Since that year, organisers of the sporting event have held it annually.
The Melbourne Cup carried on despite the Depression and the First and Second World Wars.
The schedule of this year’s Melbourne horse race is at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3, 2020, according to Australian horse racing information website Just Horse Racing.
The 2020 Melbourne Cup will be at the Flemington Racecourse. This 3,200-metre horse race will give away $8 million as the cash prize for the winner.
In Australia, horse racing is carrying on through the coronavirus pandemic. Horse racing officials conduct meetings, but they only involve the significant staff.
Also, spectator lockouts prevail. Meanwhile, Michael Browell has declined the commitment to their fans of holding the 100th staging of Cox Plate.
The chief executive officer of the Moonee Valley Racing Club pointed out that this year’s event is not worthy of holding in October.
It is because the coronavirus crisis would likely prevent the spectators from watching it live at The Valley, Browell remarked.