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Lonely Flemington like a party where no one showed up – The Age

With no Birdcage and little sound in the stands, it was a vastly different Melbourne Cup.

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It was a vastly different-sounding race day at Flemington with no one allowed trackside. Everything seemed to echo off the cavernous stands that abut the home straight.
The trumpet fanfare and racing commentary playing through the speakers only underlined just how empty the place was.
Instead of the roar of the crowd, you heard what was happening among the horses. The rumbling of hooves, the screams of the jockeys urging on their steeds, the THWACK of whip on horseflesh. Overhead, helicopters buzzed…

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