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No Emergencies For Melbourne Cup
Meanwhile, a formal review led by Racing Victoria into the potential inclusion of emergencies for the Melbourne Cup has determined that emergencies should not be added to the 2015 conditions of the race. The decision was based on the following:
- Australian and international pari-mutuel operators remain unable to accommodate field sizes in excess of 24 and would have to invest significantly in upgrades, while requiring regulatory approvals, to change this;
- The Victorian racing industry would be up for significant direct charges related to these upgrades via its joint venture with Tabcorp without the likelihood of a return of investment through increased wagering activity, even when viewed in a longer-term context;
- The process of compulsory pre-acceptance veterinary inspections has and will continue to play an important role in managing the suitability of horses to accept; and
- The inclusion of emergencies should be reviewed every two years.
"The VRC supports the review's findings that the introduction of emergencies for the Emirates Melbourne Cup is not presently commercially viable, and are committed to reviewing this policy every two years," VRC Chief Executive Simon Love said. "The VRC worked closely with Racing Victoria in developing the changes to the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup race conditions, to ensure the fairest opportunity possible for Cup aspirants and eventual participants, while assembling the best available field for this iconic event."