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Local puts on Cup day display

Thursday, 7th November, 2019

Ethan Slater put on quite a show for racegoers at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.  PICTURE: AAP Ethan Slater put on quite a show for racegoers at the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.  PICTURE: AAP

By Emily Ferguson

Of the 81,000 people who packed Flemington on Melbourne Cup day, one local has made himself known to the nation’s news media. 

Ethan Slater, more recently known as Morton, was photographed at the Cup on Tuesday with a crowd of more than 300 people, cheering, filming and egging him as he wrestled, danced, sang and even did a backflip. 

The photos were posted on Fox Sports Australia and Herald Sun Sport’s Facebook pages with many comments and shares. 

Some locals were glad to see one of their own in the limelight, with upwards of 20 people sharing the photos and tagging Ethan to express their excitement. 

“You can take the boy out of the Hill but...,” one person wrote. 

After the countless shares and interactions on Facebook, Ethan replied late on Tuesday night: “Anyone that’s wondering, I’m still alive and well (sort of) heading to the casino, probably gonna dance some more. I love it!!! The question is, do you love it?”

Yesterday he was feeling quite seedy but was happy to speak with the BDT and address the situation that has made him Melbourne Cup famous. 

“I woke up this morning and it felt like I had been run over by a truck,” he said

Ethan went to the races with friends as part of their syndicate and said the whole trip had been one for the books.

“It’s been unreal, this place never sleeps and everywhere you look there is something to do.”

The photographed performance came about after he and friend, Alex Johnston, were watching the entertainment and requested Daryl Braithwaite’s ‘The Horses’. 

“We were standing in front of two people singing and we kept asking them to sing The Horses, but they wouldn’t do it,” said Ethan. “Once they finished they asked if we wanted to sing and Alex and I jumped at the opportunity!

“There were about 300 around the circle but half of the grandstand was up watching too, and a few people joined in.” 

Ethan wasn’t escorted from the racecourse but was asked to tone it down a bit.

“I got dragged away and told not to drink anymore,” he said. “The cops actually said it was funny but they couldn’t encourage it.”

Ethan described being featured on the news outlets as crazy. 

“I woke up this morning and checked my phone and it was going crazy! We were walking back to our hotel after the races and people were driving past me and yelling out ‘Morton!’”

Ethan said the attention was cool, but he assumed his friends would expect nothing less from him.

“For the locals, I suppose it’s just me carrying on normally, so they’d only be lapping the attention from the news and stuff.” 

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