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It started with sludge and ended with rain but for many all that mattered was the Melbourne Cup was back

For others, anger lingered over the wall that protected Flemington Racecourse from recent flooding, while #NupToTheCup trended on Twitter

Activists dumped 1,000 litres of an oily substance on the track at Flemington Racecourse during an illegal break-in on Tuesday morning, but the action failed to stop the Melbourne Cup. Nevertheless, it was a sombre start to a day tainted by growing backlash and impassivity towards the “race that stops the nation”.

A media release issued by the alleged perpetrator identified them as a “problem gambler” who has been disaffected by the harms of racing.

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