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Melbourne Cup Prize Increased To $6m
The Victoria Racing Club announced next year’s historic 150th Melbourne Cup will be worth a record $6 million (up $500,000 from this year). VRC chairman Rod Fitzroy noted: “This will see the Emirates Melbourne Cup retain its position as the richest handicap race & the most iconic '2-mile' race in the world & ensure its impact continues to be felt around the globe.” Meanwhile attendance for the 4 days of this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival totalled 368,929: Victoria Derby Day 108,178; Melbourne Cup Day 102,161; Crown Oaks Day 80,112; & Emirates Stakes Day 78,478.