Punters capture ugly Melbourne Cup brawl at Flemington

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

Footage has emerged of an ugly brawl at the Melbourne Cup with racegoers wrestling on the ground.

There were 81,408 racegoers at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday to watch the Australian-bred, trained, ridden and owned Vow And Declare win the Cup.

That was down slightly from last year's rain-affected number of 83,471, with both years marking the lowest attendance since 1995.

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The day was also marred with an ugly brawl that erupted at around 5.45pm, which was captured on film.

Punches were allegedly thrown in the brawl as racegoers clashed on the ground.

Security can be seen trying to break up the brawl.

Victorian police told the Herald Sun the brawl had stopped before police arrived and no formal complaint had been made.

A brawl broke out at the Melbourne cup with security in yellow vests trying to break it up. (Image: Social Media)

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The 81,408 racegoers at Flemington Racecourse on Tuesday was down slightly from last year's rain-affected number of 83,471, with both years marking the lowest attendance since 1995.

Vow And Declare's part-owner, former NSW politician Geoff Corrigan, acknowledged the recent allegations of animal cruelty involving ex-racehorses that led to a protest outside the course.

"There's a social contract involved with racing," Corrigan said.

"That social contract's been fractured a little bit in the past two weeks."