Energex is blaming the Brisbane Racing Club for overloading their system and sparking a power outage which ruined Melbourne Cup festivities for punters at Eagle Farm.
The club’s cup function had no power for 90 minutes, forcing guests who remained to watch the big race on their phones.
Queensland Energy Minister Mark Bailey said the club hadn’t informed Energex prior to their event.
“What we saw was a whole range of temporary load added in there, from refrigeration and air conditioning, so a lot greater load, which tripped the system,” he said on Wednesday.
“Energex is working with the racing club to ensure that this doesn’t happen again and obviously it’s been a great inconvenience to many people.”
Mr Bailey said the club’s two transformers couldn’t cope with the excess demand.
“Clearly, there’s internal issues there to be sorted,” he said.
Brisbane Racing Club said it was extremely disappointed.
“It is unfortunate that racegoers were let down by the power supply on such an important day on the racing calendar,” it posted on its Facebook page.
An Energex spokeswoman said an “extremely large” amount of power was drawn in a rapid timeframe.
Crews restored power about 75 minutes after the big race.
The spokeswoman said Energex was now working with the club and their electricians to understand what additional energy intensive equipment used at the track and how to cope with them in future.