Mauboy does a runner just minutes before Cup anthem

Pop singer Jessica Mauboy left Melbourne Cup organisers in a panic yesterday, after doing a mysterious runner just moments before she was due to sing the national anthem.

Mauboy was booked to sing Advance Australia Fair before the big race and was even introduced by the announcers at Flemington Race Course.

But a last minute change saw another singer, Nadia Aya, take over the anthem duties.


Victorian Racing Club President Simon Lowe said they were upset by Mauboy’s disappearance in a statement.

“We were very disappointed that Jessica Mauboy was on course, and didn’t perform today,” he said.

“We were grateful that Nadia Aya could perform the national anthem ahead of the Emirates Melbourne Cup.”

There are some reports that a “clothing issues” may have been behind Mauboy’s mysterious runner, however he management is yet to confirm exactly what happened.

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It’s my understanding that Jessica was informed that her shoes were an issue and she was told she couldn’t perform. I don’t know who decided this but I doubt that it was Jessica. She is a seasoned professional so I highly doubt she would simply ‘pull the plug’. It’s extremely frustrating when people go off halfc***ed and presume way too much without checking the facts.