2019 MELBOURNE CUP
In my mind RVL has been working for years to wreck the cup as a national focal point -- once a great race for Australasian racing hopefuls -- before the 'asian' reference was inappropriate and then not 'in spades' as none come.
The spectacle of the Melbourne racing-set pandering to its social superiors in Europe has become passe -- an embarassment. Give it away for the sake of local pride -- pirate contenders may win but usually not the favoured ones looking for a summer holiday in their twilight years.
Commonsense demands that RVL runs the 'cup' in Europe -- humbly sending a few local contenders over -- while still broadcasting it live at Flemington and doing the usual hoopla on the Monday in Melbourne .
Can the iconic cup be saved?
Norman Harvey has been putting the slipper in with a kick unlikely to clear the top of Everest.
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