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Unlikely power broker to ‘steal Melbourne Cup and bring it to Sydney’ amid Victoria COVID outbreak

Controversial radio host Kyle Sandilands has unveiled a dramatic plan to ensure the Melbourne Cup takes place in Sydney this year.

He revealed on The Kyle and Jackie O Show on Monday that he was speaking to contacts and ‘working extremely hard behind the scenes’ to make it happen.

‘That’s what happens in this country. When someone’s down, we sink the boot in,’ the the 49-year-old millionaire said, in a blunt reference to Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak.

Kyle, who is considered one of the most influential men in Sydney, noted that Melbourne had already been forced to move its AFL games interstate due to the lockdown.

‘Well, we [Sydney] are just going to take everything off them,’ he said.   

His co-host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson objected, insisting it would make Melburnians hate Sydneysiders ‘even more’ than they already do. 

‘Yeah, because they’re jealous!’ Kyle replied. 

First held in 1861, the Melbourne Cup is Australia’s most famous and lucrative horse race. It takes place annually on the first Tuesday of November.

Last year’s event injected $447.6million into the local economy, according to the Victoria Racing Club.

Kyle’s plan to shift the event to Sydney would be a massive blow to a state economy already crippled by the coronavirus crisis.

Victoria recorded another 208 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, and 17 more deaths.

The national death toll is now 502.

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