Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Thousands of people have braved the rain for the Melbourne Cup parade, including hundreds of protesters angry about the treatment of former racehorses.

The traditional Monday parade through Melbourne’s CBD, ahead of the running of the $8 million Melbourne Cup on Tuesday, attracted more anti-horse racing activists than usual despite the downpour.

The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses took up its usual position at the end of the parade route, chanting “blood on your hands,” “animal abusers total losers” and “say nup to the Cup” as the procession of trainers, owners and jockeys made their way down Swanston Street to Federation Square.

Spokeswoman Kristin Leigh said the group had been inundated with support since ABC’s 7.30 program broadcast footage last month of racehorses being sent to a slaughterhouse.

“People are certainly waking up to the truth behind this industry. People can’t say they don’t know anymore,” she told AAP.

“If you’re going to the races this year and you saw 7.30 you are complicit in that animal abuse.”

Horse trainer Fiona McIntyre rode the parade on retired racehorse Precedence, which now enjoys a post-racing career as a show horse.

“He’s adjusted so well to it, he’s doing fantastic,” she said of the former Bart Cummings-trained horse.

Ms McIntyre said the footage aired in the 7.30 report was horrific.

“I think it’s revolting, the abattoirs need to clean up their acts,” she said

“These horses have an amazing opportunity once they’re retired and we need to really celebrate that and show everybody what they’re capable of.”

Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp and Victoria Racing Club chairman Amanda Elliott carried the $200,000 Melbourne Cup trophy during the parade.

Ms Capp said the four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to Victoria’s economy.

“We know that in the lead up to this week more than 50,000 dresses have been brought, about 55,000 hats, fascinators and shoes,” she said.

Another protest is planned outside Flemington racecourse on Tuesday.

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Japanese stars odds slashed for the Cox Plate

A form reference belonging to the 2019 WS Cox Plate winner has propelled Japanese mare Chrono Genesis to the top...

13 Queensland trainers charged after a state wide investigation

Queensland stewards have charged 15 people, including 13 trainers, with buying unregistered substances after a state wide investigation over the...

Watch: Punters in uproar over upheld protest

There was quite the hue and cry out of Hawkesbury yesterday when the stewards upheld a protest. The favourite at...

Watch: First starter at $101 wins like an odds on shot

Connections of a first starter at Donald on Saturday either don’t bet or they were unaware of the ability that...

Top Sydney trainer charged after G2 winner tests positive to ice

Top Sydney trainer John O’Shea has been charged by the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission after one of his horses tested...

Jockey in trouble over whip rule tweet

A tongue in cheek tweet about current whip rules has landed a Victorian jockey in trouble. Jockey Jamie Mott has...

Kiwi star suffering from rare eye condition

A rare eye condition that needs surgery will delay the return to training of two-time Group One winner Te Akau...

NZ jockey banned for life

A New Zealand jockey has been banned for life over charges relating to a conspiracy to harm another jockey during...

Punters land mammoth collects at Eagle Farm

With double figure winners featuring in three of the four Quaddie legs from Eagle Farm today, mammoth dividends for the...

Watch: Winx’s little sister disappoints on debut

Winx’s younger sibling Covent Garden has been upstaged on debut at Canterbury, finishing unplaced in heavy conditions in a race...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.