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Crocodiles race on Melbourne Cup Day for annual Croc Cup

On Melbourne Cup day at an outback pub 3700 kilometres from Flemington, Top End punters are hoping to pick a winner but not lose a finger.

The first Tuesday in November may be a horse's day in Victoria, but baby crocodiles stole the spotlight at Berry Springs Tavern, 60km from Darwin, where about 100 people celebrated the race that stops the Northern Territory.

Half a dozen speedy young salties, each measuring up to 80cm long, raced along the pub's verandah in the third annual Croc Cup.

Odds-on favourite Croc of Ship, Soft Croc and Croccer Read - all thankfully with jaws taped shut - took just seconds to clear the six-metre stretch despite a few false starts.

On Melbourne Cup day at an outback pub 3700 kilometres from Flemington, Top End punters are hoping to pick a winner but not lose a finger

On Melbourne Cup day at an outback pub 3700 kilometres from Flemington, Top End punters are hoping to pick a winner but not lose a finger

Baby crocodiles stole the spotlight at Berry Springs Tavern, 60km from Darwin, where about 100 people celebrated the race that stops the Northern Territory

Baby crocodiles stole the spotlight at Berry Springs Tavern, 60km from Darwin, where about 100 people celebrated the race that stops the Northern Territory

The animals were on loan for the day from Darwin tourist attraction Crocodylus Park, and handlers grasped three wriggling reptiles each - sometimes scrambling to retrieve runaways - before setting them loose on the hay bale track.

Plenty of people were having a flutter but much of the winnings were donated to

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