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Valley awaits Cox Plate owners call

Moonee Valley Racing Club is set to be told on Friday whether it can host a small number of connections on course for the 100th running of the Cox Plate.

CEO Michael Browell told Racing.com the club has made a submission to the Victorian Government ahead of the Cox Plate which will be run on October 24.

The submission will now be discussed at a State Government cabinet meeting on Thursday.

"We have made a submission that is around having a limited number on course," he said.

"My understanding is that there is a cabinet meeting on Thursday where it will be discussed and we will find out Friday."

It is likely that any connections or owners allowed on course will be limited in number and only allowed to watch the race their horse is competing in.

"We need to work out how it will work, how many owners per horse or more likely owners per race as a lot of owners are interstate and can't attend," he said.

"Then decide whether they can be on course for 30 minutes before or an hour after, issues like that.

"The challenge is to get the green light on Friday."

The State Government is set to announce a potential easing of harsh social restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne on Sunday.

These announcements will likely impact the club's last-minute pitch for a small number of participants on course.

Racing.com revealed last week the Victoria Racing Club has applied to be able to host 10,000 people on course each day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival, plus staff.

It is understood that likelihood was becoming a much more likely scenario until COVID-19 case numbers remained 'stubborn' over the last week, defying expectations they would drop into single figures.

Racing Minister Martin Pakula previously said any decision around race-day attendance will be made on health advice.

"Decisions on attendance at major race days will be based on public health advice, which has been our consistent position," he said.

"We will give all proposals proper consideration and it's worth noting that interest in the carnival to date from Victorians and racing people interstate has been as strong as ever."