Within government and public health guidelines, the Victoria Racing Club conceded it would not be possible to allow some sort of crowd on November 3.
The Melbourne Cup was run this year with the industry under extreme scrutiny following damning revelations about the fate of retired racehorses, including mistreatment and the alleged slaughter of hundreds of thoroughbreds at local abattoirs.
More than 6,500 people signed an online petition urging her to cancel the performance, claiming the singer was "endorsing animal abuse".
Cross Counter was the first British-trained horse to win the famous handicap in the city after which the race is named. The Godolphin stable was celebrating its first Melbourne Cup win, after 20 years trying.
Rekindling's victory in one of the world's most famous races gave Irish trainer Joseph O'Brien a maiden triumph in Australia, and victory over his father's horse in a thrilling sprint to the line.
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