Nominations for Friday's Wodonga Gold Cup meeting close on Monday.
The feature is worth $100,000 while each of the supporting races have boosted prizemoney of $35,000.
Trainer David O'Prey who has nominated Strome for the cup said it was devastating news for the club that racegoers have been banned from attending the meeting.
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"It's shattering for the club who has worked so hard on raising the profile of its cup meeting that the crowd can't attend," O'Prey said.
"I will probably have four runners at the meeting which would have 100 owners and they can't attend.
"Hopefully Racing Victoria can further ease restrictions at some stage this week so that at least owners get to enjoy the day a bit better.
"The committee have been working tirelessly and attracted a record crowd of 9500 racegoers last year.
"The frustrating part is that Albury Racing Club is only a bit over 10 kilometres away and it can have crowds.
"You go to the local Bunnings and is chock-full of people but you can't have anybody at the Wodonga races.
"It just doesn't make any logicial sense to me."