Climate Protestors Attempt to Disrupt the Melbourne Cup Horse Race

Essay by Eric Worrall

Update – Extinction Rebellion “friends” claimed responsibility for pouring oil onto the racetrack, maybe an attempt to injure the horses and riders?

Chaos breaks out at Melbourne Cup, Police argue with protesters

By ISABEL MCMILLANN CA NEWSWIRE1:28PM NOVEMBER 1, 2022

Climate protesters are running amok at the Melbourne Cup, blocking a key entry point into Flemington racecourse. 

Activists standing on the roof of a van blocking the road have been filmed and live streamed by a fellow protester, as she was interviewed by police.

Protesters blocking the road were heard yelling “at your pheasant, drink your wine, your days are numbered, bourgeois swine”.

“We are at the Melbourne Cup asking for climate justice.”

Read more: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/breaking-news/chaos-breaks-out-at-melbourne-cup-police-argue-with-protesters/news-story/05c164aceca7b2c4bf686908d1ecd4f0

The 162 year old Melbourne cup event is about as egalitarian as a large national event can be. Ticket prices this year started from AU $158 AUD for a family day ticket, so its fair to say a lot of the attendees were ordinary working class people – though of course much pricier options were available.

I remember attending the Melbourne Cup once as a kid. We didn’t have champagne and pheasant, we had peanut butter sandwiches a picnic blanket. My mum brought a thermos of tea and we had bottles of water, so we didn’t have to pay for overpriced food and drink at the stands – though mum bought us all an ice cream when she won one of her long shot $0.50 race bets.

Of course most socialists ceased to care about actual workers a long time ago. Particularly the kind of spoiled brat green champagne socialists who live off their wealthy parents, who fill their empty lives pretending to be downtrodden victims, destroying priceless artworks and disrupting the lives of real working class people. Everyone who isn’t part of their clan of fake proletariat is “bourgeois swine”, or whatever other insults their small minds can imagine.

Note the image at the top of the page is a generic horse racing image.

Update (EW): h/t Mike Jonas – Extinction Rebellion “friends” claimed responsibility for pouring oil onto the racetrack, maybe an attempt to injure the horses and riders?

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Gary Pearse
November 1, 2022 2:19 pm

I remember over 60yrs ago two of my racing tout uncles arguing over which of two horses they had calculated would win. Suddenly one of the horses dumped a few pounds of steaming road apples on the track and they hurried off to bet on it.

When they handicap a horse they put small bags of sand under the saddle and in an 8 furlong race, it is equivalent to a slow-down of one horse length per pound. My uncles would never have been mistaken for gentry.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Gary Pearse
November 2, 2022 4:25 am

actually they use small lead weights, flat so they slip into saddle pockets
the new race saddles are lighter than the avg handbag and about as much use
simply a pad to hold the girth n stirrups.
Ive worked with racehorses

Iain Russell
November 1, 2022 2:20 pm

The race goers are just ordinary folk. The ‘bourgeois swill’ are the slimeball protesters! The class war in Australia is in full swing and it won’t turn out well for the BoBoProtesters!!

Bryan A
November 1, 2022 2:30 pm

The attending crowds should have run them out with riding crops and zip tied them to the manure paddocks until the festivities were over. Anyone caught trying to release them early should be zip tied to the inside of the paddock standing on their heads

GrumpyBear
November 1, 2022 2:37 pm
Alexy Scherbakoff
November 1, 2022 2:40 pm

Glue their hands to the back of a horse.

atticman
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
November 1, 2022 2:46 pm

What have you got against the poor horse?

Mike
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
November 1, 2022 4:33 pm

Glue their hands to the front of a horse.

Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
November 1, 2022 8:58 pm

Don’t hurt the horse.

Glue their hands/feet/butt to the horseshoes under the horse’s hooves. Won’t slow up the horse for more than a few steps.

Bryan A
Reply to  ATheoK
November 2, 2022 5:53 am

Now that’s a handicap

Pariah Dog
Reply to  Alexy Scherbakoff
November 2, 2022 7:06 am

Turn them into glue, instead of the horse!

Tom Halla
November 1, 2022 2:44 pm

An attack by Trustafarians?

Rud Istvan
November 1, 2022 3:27 pm

My significant others father was a long time professional racehorse jockey from Kentucky. The stories!

Sturmudgeon
Reply to  Mike Jonas
November 1, 2022 4:09 pm

So, even the most ardent protesters can’t get the job done without oil!

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Eric Worrall
November 2, 2022 4:27 am

that’d just give the anti racing mob more to try n get it banned, didnt see them there this time
the WA vegan bimbo WAS there half naked as usual and got short shrift from racegoers outside the gates

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H.R.
Reply to  ozspeaksup
November 2, 2022 9:19 pm

Which half was naked, the left half or the right half?

Reply to  Mike Jonas
November 1, 2022 9:04 pm

They dumped a substantial toxic spill without considering the water table or nearby potable water aquifers.

That should constitute felonies and significant penalty fees for the XR activists involved.

Do Australian felony convicted perps wear fluorescent orange prison wear?

Climate believer
Reply to  ATheoK
November 1, 2022 11:44 pm

Section 195 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) prescribe heavy penalties to anyone who intentionally or recklessly destroys or damages property belonging to another.

A maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment is applicable.

Graeme#4
Reply to  Mike Jonas
November 2, 2022 3:34 am

The damaged turf has been removed and replaced. The races continue.

Reply to  Graeme#4
November 5, 2022 1:32 pm

Just like the Roman Circus, where they would clean up the mess between events. Including flooding the Coliseum for boat events.

MarkW
November 1, 2022 4:03 pm

The climate change activism has always been about imposing socialism.
It’s just that lately, in their frustration at not getting the total victory they want, the mask has been allowed to slip.

Bob
November 1, 2022 4:20 pm

Authorities had better step up their game. The longer stuff like this is allowed the more likely it is that the protesters will be punished by others. It will not be pretty.

saveenergy
Reply to  Bob
November 1, 2022 4:59 pm
roaddog
Reply to  saveenergy
November 1, 2022 11:15 pm

Only harder.

HotScot
Reply to  Bob
November 2, 2022 3:51 am

Each of them are hoping for that, just as long as it’s one of the others.

Gunga Din
November 1, 2022 4:31 pm

How can any of these “peacefully protesting minions” think that disrupting normal life will advance “The Cause” they’ve been told to advance?
It produces resentment and confirmation that “These people are NUTS”. (Devoid of rational thought with no consideration of others.)
It would seem that those pulling these poor peoples’ strings goal is to disrupt everything they can so they can later step in to solve the problems. (In exchange for our personal freedoms, money, power, etc. You’ll be threatened and forced to be another “puppet”.
(Ever read or watch “Animal Farm”? Right, Left, Middle forms of Government, the real danger is to lose individual Freedoms.)

Last edited 2 months ago by Gunga Din
Lark
Reply to  Gunga Din
November 1, 2022 5:36 pm

It’s not about sacrificing the masses in order to save the world, it’s about “saving the world” in order to sacrifice the masses.

Olen
November 1, 2022 4:52 pm

Monkeys can do the same except talk and glue themselves.

Pat Frank
November 1, 2022 6:04 pm

The antifa/BLM burn/loot/beat/riot defense applies here: the track was mostly unoiled.

Wonder if the Australian press will utilize the American MSM precedent.

Geoff Sherrington
November 1, 2022 6:31 pm

Here is a happy story showing the lovely egalitarian enjoyment typical of the melbourne Cup.
Year 1999, the winner was Rogan Josh., who had firmed from $250 odds to $6 by the start of the great race. We were there to watch, having a bet that returned something like $20 on the dollar.

My photography hobby was in full flourish, with numerous lovely ladies dressed to kill and only too happy to pose for my big Nikon as if it might get them a show in the newspapers.
It is hard to imagine having such freedom of fun these days, when you needed a lawyer to negitiate a contract and a police clearance of your record even before you ask a lady if a photo is OK.

My, how we have changed for the worse.

https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/rogan-josh-the-underdog-hero-of-the-melbourne-cup-20141103-11dhq7.html

Herbert
Reply to  Geoff Sherrington
November 1, 2022 8:14 pm

Geoff,
After another losing day on the punt with the Melbourne Cup yesterday, your idea of sticking with photography looks decidedly the best course.
I should have remembered what legendary Melbourne bookmaker Sol Green told leading Jockey Jim Pike when he was told that Pike had placed a large bet on a nag before the 1928 Newmarket-
“Jim,I’d like you to remember how I made my money, and got where I am today.
It all came from mugs like you backing horses.”

Tom Gelsthorpe
November 1, 2022 7:13 pm

Actual “bourgeois swine” are most likely to become the socialists who devour formerly prosperous countries. Argentina, Cuba, and Venezuela were long the three most prosperous countries in Latin America. They ruined themselves by voting in crackpot socialist regimes that spoiled everything they got their hands on, and impoverished tens of millions of gullible voters.

None of those has-been countries have good prospects for long-term recovery. It’s much easier to vote your way into a hole than it is to climb out.

HotScot
Reply to  Tom Gelsthorpe
November 2, 2022 3:57 am

America over the last two years.

Whilst true Conservatism is a slow, long grind to improve, socialism is very, very quick at achieving it’s objectives.

MarkW
Reply to  Tom Gelsthorpe
November 2, 2022 11:23 am

The truly sad thing is that despite the damage done by socialists, the voters keep voting for more socialism.

Clarky of Oz
November 1, 2022 8:51 pm

Also note the Flemington Racecourse got into some trouble recently for daring to protect their property from flooding from the adjacent Maribyrnong River. Local councils and or government did not have the foresight to do the same for local residents. It is well known that this are floods from time to time. People still buy homes there and complain loudly when the inevitable happens.

Brad-DXT
November 1, 2022 9:54 pm

It would be terrible if somehow the activists accidently got tangled in a rope attached to a horse and the horse took off. That would be a real shame.
I could see an accident like that happen. There’s horses and rope around and…
These fools are an accident waiting to happen.

High Treason
November 1, 2022 10:36 pm

Take the spoilt brats on a hay ride through their own muck. It is a sign of an infiltrated, corrupted society when such flagrant, selfish vandalism goes unpunished.
In the interests of equality, we should find where they live and dump a truck load of manure where they live. Mummy and daddy won’t be too amused about all the BS their little darlings have been up to.

b.nice
Reply to  High Treason
November 2, 2022 3:52 am

Do what you do with a young puppy that poos on the carpet.

Rub their nose and face in it. !

ozspeaksup
Reply to  b.nice
November 2, 2022 4:31 am

its a daft thing to do to a pup, as stupid as tying a bird they kill around their necks
fine for the ex mob though

James Bull
November 2, 2022 12:12 am

OK let me get this right, to protect the environment and stop oil production they spread oil on the course?
It’s like so many of these useful idiot protests they have absolutely no connection to reality spouting their learnt by rote statements and catch phrases without a single thought of how they don’t match to how they’re living. Love watching when NORMAL people challenge them to live the talk it’s then but but but I need my stuff and handouts (because most don’t have a job).

Rant Over
James Bull

Speed
November 2, 2022 3:40 am

Oil on the track — I hope it was fair-trade organic canola oil.

ozspeaksup
November 2, 2022 4:23 am

chucking 1klitres of oil isnt exactly caring for the environment is it?
hypocritical ba^^ards

Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
November 2, 2022 8:50 am

Wouldn’t XR have a better impact if they were to disrupt a horse race in an OPEC country? Not that I would advocate such a dumb idea, but it would be interesting to see how the organizers of the Saudi Cup would react to such a protest.

H.R.
Reply to  Paul Hurley (aka PaulH)
November 2, 2022 9:36 pm

Uhhh, that’s camel races they’d be disrupting… but only once.

Pro Tip for XR protesters in the Arab oil producing countries: Wear a bracelet engraved with the name and phone number of next-of-kin. It will be a great timesaver.

John Kelly
November 2, 2022 9:21 am

Disgusting bastards.

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