The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) today announced that 31 destinations will join racing history when they play host to the iconic 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup in 2017.
As part of the 15th annual Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour, the $200,000 trophy will travel to towns and cities across Australia and New Zealand, before returning to Flemington for ‘The ‘Race That Stops A Nation’ on the first Tuesday in November.
The successful destinations, selected for their passion for racing and dedication to the community, were announced at a special event at Macedon Lodge – home to 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup winner, Almandin.
Racing royalty joined the celebrations, including five-time Melbourne Cup winning owner Lloyd Williams, 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup winning horse Alamandin, 2007 Emirates Melbourne Cup winning horse Efficient and Flemington Ambassador Georgia Connolly.
The 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will commence on July 1 at West Wyalong in regional NSW, where the gold used by ABC Bullion to make the trophy was mined.
The ‘People’s Cup’ will then make its way around the nation and across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand before being welcomed back to Flemington in November. Read More…