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King Of Leogrance scratched

In the first big news of Melbourne Cup day, Lloyd Williams' Adelaide Cup winner King Of Leogrance has been scratched.

The horse was vet tested this morning and showed signs of lameness, with Racing Victoria stewards deciding to scratch the horse from the race. Damien Ractliffe has the story here. We'll keep updating as we learn more.

The five best bets for Melbourne Cup Day – and how to place them

Fancy a flutter?

While racegoers are restricted from attending Tuesday's Melbourne Cup, the annual ritual of placing a Cup bet is alive and well. Tim Habel gives you his five best bets for Melbourne Cup Day.

Check out the story here.

The silent Cup: why the horses will love a crowdless Flemington

It's the race that stops the nation, after the nation has already ground to a halt. They could run the Melbourne Cup another 160 times and never have another one like this.

Australia's most famous horse race will on Tuesday be held for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic brought the world to a standstill. Except for essential race-day personnel — trainers, strappers, jockeys and the like — not a soul will be at Flemington for the $8 million handicap race, a far cry from the 81,000 on track last year.

The closest anyone will get a peek to the live action will be from the hill across the Maribyrnong River, which snakes along the western perimeter of the racetrack. As for inside, there will be barely a murmur as the Victoria Racing Club prepares to host the second meeting of its four-day Cup carnival.

Read the full story here.

Tell us how you're spending this very unusual Cup day

It's a Cup day like no other, but at least it's a cracking day out there. The Bureau is forecasting sunny skies and a maximum of 30 degrees. How are you spending the day? We'd love to hear from you.

Welcome to the Melbourne Cup 2020 live blog

Good morning and welcome to the Melbourne Cup 2020 live blog. My name is Zach Hope and I'll be taking you through to the afternoon with all the latest from Flemington and around the traps.

Happy punting!

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