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Ambivalence towards horse racing leaves Melbourne Cup half full

Has Flemington’s ‘race that stops a nation’ lost its hold on our collective imagination?

The Melbourne Cup slogan – “the race that stops a nation” – has seemed faintly ridiculous in the past two years, when the pandemic brought much of Australia to a grinding halt for months – rather than just an afternoon in November.

But even before Covid stopped the crowds turning up to Flemington, attendance numbers were dwindling.

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