Melbourne Cup’s wildest moments as it returns this year – but without boozed-up punters

The 2020 Melbourne cup gets underway on Tuesday without its famous drunken debauchery in the stands.

As Australia’s biggest horse racing event returns without fans this week, we take a look at the most shameless antics caught on camera during the week last year.

More than 80,000 racegoers made the trip to Flemington Racecourse in November last year with some putting on almost as much action as the jockeys themselves.

Ahead of the 2019 Melbourne Cup, Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald said: “Police and protective services officers will be proactively patrolling public transport, roads and both the public and corporate areas inside the racecourse.

“We’re there to keep you safe and ensure a small minority don’t spoil what is a great week of sport and celebrations for others.”



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Australia’s Melbourne Cup usually draws wild fans
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Despite the wild antics, police reportedly arrested just six people at the racetrack, including five for suspected drug-related offences.

The race saw Vow and Declare claim victory in the race that “stops a nation”.



Melbourne Cup
The event is a highlight in Australia’s social calendar
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But Frankie Dettori earned himself an eight-day ban as his steed Master of Reality was demoted from second to fourth place in controversial scenes.

“I want to cry”, the forlorn jockey revealed.



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Last year saw the booze flowing once again
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And as Dettori, 48, was left licking his wounds some racing fans are set to be nursing sore heads after over-exuberant celebrations.

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Aussie cops were enlisted to patrol the event in a bid to ensure it was not ruined by a “small minority”.