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Only 500 Melbourne Cup tickets will be sold to the general public despite the 10,000 . capacity limit

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After being given the green light to host 10,000 eager gamblers, only 500 tickets will be available to the general public to attend Victoria’s biggest day of racing.

The 10,000 crowd limit applies to the Melbourne Cup and Oaks Day at Flemington Racecourse on November 2 and 4.

Those hoping to attend the coveted races will be bitterly disappointed, with 7,000 tickets reserved for Victoria Racing Club members and the remaining 2,500 given to corporate sponsors and competitive horse owners.

Only 500 tickets are available for the general public to attend the Melbourne Cup and Oaks days in early November (pictured, racing in Melbourne)

The minimum public tickets will be hotly contested as gamblers will have to cross their fingers like the Ticketek refreshers to gain entry to Australia’s most famous race.

There will be no voting system to get tickets, meaning those hoping to get their highly anticipated race day fix will have to try their luck.

Victoria Racing Club president Neil Wilson told the Herald Sun he was “proud” to welcome the public back to the spectacle.

“The PRC is incredibly proud that this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival is playing a role in reinvigorating the major events in Victoria,” he said.

The initial 10,000 limit was met with enthusiasm by Victorian gamblers, but they will have to be quick to score one of the few tickets available (photo, Melbourne Cup Day in 2019)

The initial 10,000 limit was met with enthusiasm by Victorian gamblers, but they will have to be quick to score one of the few tickets available (photo, Melbourne Cup Day in 2019)

“In Flemington alone, more than 4,000 jobs have been generated by the organization of this year’s event, supporting the events, hospitality and retail sectors that have been hit so hard over the past 18 months.”

Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews said on Oct. 10 that immunized gamblers would be allowed back in once the state was 80 percent vaccinated.

“The loyalty and support from our members, owners and partners has been extraordinary,” said Steve Rosich, CEO of the Victoria Racing Club.

“We can’t wait to welcome racing fans back to Flemington and showcase world-class racing at the Melbourne Cup Carnival.”

All spectators at Flemington Racecourse are given a special seat, with access to the famous front garden.

General admission tickets cost $129 and go on sale October 26 for members and October 29 for everyone else.

Anyone wishing to attend the event must present proof of vaccination upon entry.

November’s race days will be strikingly different from the usual 100,000 fans who usually watch the Melbourne Cup.

The record crowd came in 2003, with 122,736 in attendance to watch Makybe Diva win her first cup.

7,500 tickets will go to Victoria Racing Club members and 2,500 will go to corporate sponsors (photo, customers watch the cup at The Rocks, Sydney)

7,500 tickets will go to Victoria Racing Club members and 2,500 will go to corporate sponsors (photo, customers watch the cup at The Rocks, Sydney)

Melbourne will be taken out of lockdown on Thursday at 11:59 pm, the day Victoria is expected to be 70 percent vaccinated.

The curfew and the 15 km travel limit will be abolished, the catering industry can reopen for dinners with limited capacity and the staggered return to the classroom starts this Friday.

Residents can have up to 10 visitors at home, while the limits for outdoor gatherings are increased from 10 to 15.

Visitors to homes do not need to be fully vaccinated, but are highly recommended by the state government and health officials. The same rule applies to outdoor gatherings.

Melbourne’s lockdown was set to end on October 26, but was brought forward four days due to the state’s vaccination efforts.

“These are things we can bring up because the Victorian community has done so well by getting vaccinated so quickly and in such large numbers,” Mr Andrews said on Sunday.

There will be no ticket voting system, so bettors will have to battle it out on Ticketek for the remaining seats (photo, Caufield Cup winner Incentivise)

There will be no ticket voting system, so bettors will have to battle it out on Ticketek for the remaining seats (photo, Caufield Cup winner Incentivise)

“I couldn’t be more proud of our community coming forward and making these decisions to protect themselves, to protect the people they love, and to protect us all from this global pandemic.”

“To allow us to change the rules to open up, to normalize this, to get our friends back, to focus on living as normal as possible.”

Catering locations can open again for up to 20 fully vaccinated customers inside and 50 outside.

Non-essential stores will only be able to reopen for outdoor service along with click and collect, while hairdressers will be open for up to five fully vaccinated people.

Nightlife and amusement parks are allowed to open again for 50 fully vaccinated people.

Travel to regional areas will remain banned for Melburnians until the state reaches the 80 percent double dose target.

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