For the first time since the tour began, Shepparton will join Nagambie hosting the Melbourne Cup on its annual journey across the country.
The Victoria Racing Club yesterday announced the two Goulburn Valley towns would host the iconic $200000 18-carat gold cup on the tour, which is also heading overseas for the first time.
City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said being part of the tour would be an unforgettable experience.
‘‘Each year our town embraces the Melbourne Cup and we are looking forward to sharing the magic of the ‘People’s Cup’ with the Shepparton community,’’ she said.
Champion jockeys and newly appointed cup tour ambassadors Hugh Bowman and Michelle Payne joined Victorian Racing Minister Martin Pakula, VRC chairwoman Amanda Elliott, Flemington ambassador Georgia Connolly and Lexus ambassador Kate Waterhouse for the big announcement in Richmond yesterday.
Joining 35 other cities and towns across the globe, Shepparton and Nagambie will host the cup on August 3 and 4 respectively as part of the 16th annual tour.
Countries in the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand and South Korea will also get the chance to view the cup up close when it visits the areas before making its way back to Flemington on the first Tuesday in November.
Since it began in 2003, the tour has travelled more than 500000km and visited more than 400 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations, providing communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup.
●For more information about this year’s Melbourne Cup Tour, visit melbournecuptour.com.au