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Horse racing-Police examine after black sludge poured on Melbourne Cup monitor – Reuters.com

MELBOURNE, Nov 1 (Reuters) – Police are investigating alleged vandalism at Flemington Racecourse within the lead-up to the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday after an oily, black substance was poured onto the monitor.

Victoria Police stated people broke into the racecourse in Melbourne’s western suburbs round 6 a.m. native time (2000 GMT). Video on social media confirmed a hand-held hose discharging the substance onto the monitor from a tank.

The 9 Community stated an unnamed particular person contacted the broadcaster and claimed accountability for it as a “drawback gambler” making a protest in opposition to the Victorian Racing Membership.

The Victorian Racing Membership runs race conferences at Flemington, together with the A$8 million ($5.15 million) Melbourne Cup.

Racecourse employees cleaned up the sludge across the 1,500m mark of the monitor, the 9 Community stated.

The early races at Flemington proceeded with out incident.

The Melbourne Cup runs at 3 p.m. native time.

($1 = 1.5535 Australian {dollars})

Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Modifying by Peter Rutherford

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