By Nadia Surace
VICTORIA Racing Club (VRC) last week unveiled Shepparton as one of 30 Australasian destinations part of this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.
Kicking-off in less than two weeks, the three-month tour will see racing luminaries escort the prized trophy valued at $175,000 to regional and rural communities across Australia and New Zealand.
Shepparton will be the tour’s fifth last destination before it heads to Seymour, Euroa, Mansfield and Anglesea.
VRC Chairman, Mr Michael Burn said the tour comes as part of the organisation’s support of grassroots racing in regional and rural areas.
“Growing in reach and appeal year on year, we continue to be overwhelmed by the calibre of applications and honoured by the way in which communities embrace the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour’s arrival,” Mr Burn said.
“This year we felt it was important to visit areas affected by natural disasters, assisting them to re-build community spirit in a united celebration of the Melbourne Cup, an event which has shaped the sporting, social and cultural fabric of Australia.”
Melbourne Cup champions including former winning jockeys and trainers will join the tour as ambassadors to share their success stories of winning the coveted trophy.
This year’s 150th ‘race that stops a nation’ will be held November 1.