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Flemington Recovering From Beetle Invasion
Flemington track manager Mick Goodie "says the course is well on the way to recovery from an autumn beetle attack," reported racenet.com.au. Beetles attacked the home of the Melbourne Cup "during a warm spell in autumn, lodging themselves among the roots of the famous turf & eating away at the grass, leaving Flemington shiftier than Goodie would have liked" because the onset of Melbourne's winter "has caused the track to take time to get back to its best". Goodie explained: "We had an invasion of cockchafers, which are an African beetle which lay eggs in the roots of the grass. We had to spray the surface & then water it in to kill the problem."