What a difference a year makes.
This time last year punters, protesters and pencil hats enlivened an otherwise overcast afternoon in the city for the Melbourne Cup.
This year things are going to look very different, as we continue life under the 'new normal' thanks to COVID-19. While there are functions happening across the city there will be new fashions on the field looks including the yellow-vested COVID marshal, a new party trick called the chair dance and if you back a winner all hugs and high-fives can be replaced with socially distanced elbow bumps.
The nation had hoped we would have this pandemic under control quickly so we could return to normal, or at least be able to stand up and cheer at the pub. Better luck next year...
Hunter connections of Ashrun were lamenting the worst possible draw in the Melbourne Cup after a roller-coaster day for syndicators Australian Bloodstock at Flemington.
Sitting 28th in the order of entry, Ashrun needed to win the Lexus Hotham Stakes (2500 metres) on Saturday to make the 24-horse field for Tuesday's $8 million Melbourne Cup (3200m).
The five-year-old started poorly and was at the tail of the field with an unsuitable, moderate tempo up front.
Despite the obstacles and a top-weight of 61 kilograms, the French-bred entire came widest on the home turn under Kerrin McEvoy and gradually reeled in the leaders before edging out Sound on the line. Read the full story here.
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