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Australian pub holds crocodile races in tribute to Melbourne Cup

By Ben Hooper
Australian pub holds crocodile races in tribute to Melbourne Cup
A winner is honored at the Berry Springs Tavern's annual crocodile race in Australia. Screenshot: Storyful

BERRY SPRINGS, Australia, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Hundreds of spectators gathered at an Australian pub for a crocodile race billed as an alternative to the Melbourne Cup horse race.

The Berry Springs Tavern in the Northern Territory held its annual crocodile race Tuesday in tribute to the horse racing going on about 2,300 miles away.

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The races involved tiny crocs being released in the middle of a circle of hay and sprinting toward the outer barrier.

"Horses are overrated, crocodiles are going to be the new thing of the future," pub owner Ian Sloan told the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Sloan, who also held cane toad races the same day, said the racers don't have much of a future in the sport.

"The cane toads will be best case put in the freezer, worst case we kick em over the fence," he said. "And the crocodiles -- handbags, purses, or salt and pepper squid tonight for a special."

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