Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been blasted by renowned horse trainer Gai Waterhouse for banning crowds at the 2020 Melbourne Cup.
On Tuesday, just days after the Melburnians reclaimed their freedom after one of the strictest COVID lockdowns in the world, the Victorian Government slapped a blanket ban on all spectators at Flemington Racecourse.
In the race that stops a country, there are normally 100,000 people trackside, but this year not even owners of horses in the $8 million race are allowed to participate.
In the last four days that saw Waterhouse blast Andrews’ decision, Victoria has not reported any coronavirus cases.
“It’s quite ridiculous really, the way they’ve gone on in Victoria,” Waterhouse told 2GB.
“The Premier there should wake up and let people go on with their business.
“By all means social distance … but you can’t have the country cut off at the knees.”