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Flue outbreak and the Cup

There was concern over the weekend that the Melbourne Cup could be delayed until December due to the equine flu outbreak but according to the Racing Victoria chairman Graeme Duff the race will go ahead.

Duff says the Spring Racing Carnival could go ahead without the interstate horses but I feel if it means waiting a month and then have all the horses from the other states then that would be good.

But I think the problem is breaking with a long-established tradition of having the Cup on the first Tuesday of November. To have it any other time may not appeal to some people but I just hope that this outbreak is contained in time and we can have the Melbourne Cup in November.

Say the Cup is delayed, I wonder whether that will mean that Melbourne Cup holiday will also be postponed. Possibly.

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