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Victorian Stewards Implement New Cup Security
For the first time in Australia, runners in a major race will be under effective lock-and-key for at least 24 hours before a feature event, reports theage.com.au. Starting at midnight on the eve of the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup, a round-the-clock security regime will be in place to ensure not only the participating horses' safety, but also as part of integrity measures aimed at curbing any potential illegal race day treatment. Victoria's chief steward Terry Bailey pointed to the additional staff members, former police officers, that have been added to the integrity team, noting: "We will be as vigilant as ever as we come into the spring carnival. There's a lot of prizemoney at stake and we seem to have seen the number of offenders spike when the richer races and the bigger prizemoney is there to be won."