17th annual Melbourne Cup Tour to stop in Cobram

By Cobram Courier

Cobram residents can join the action leading up to the race that stops the nation with the Melbourne Cup in town on October 26.

The town was revealed as a destination on the 17th annual Melbourne Cup Tour at Victorian Racing Club launch at Flemington racecourse last week.

Cobram joins 38 other towns and cities from across the globe to host the cup this year.

Cobram resident Rodney Kruz, who submitted the application to host the cup on behalf of his town, said being part of the tour would be an unforgettable experience.

‘‘We’re extremely excited to have the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour visit the Cobram and Barooga community and attend the Cobram Agricultural Show,’’ he said.

‘‘This year has been a very difficult year for our community and our farmers in particular. The visit will provide a much-needed boost to the local community, with the opportunity to get together and celebrate the iconic trophy.’’

The VRC also announced an increase in prizemoney for the Melbourne Cup to $8million, a record in the 158-year history of Australia’s greatest race.

This year the VRC celebrates 100 years of the renowned three-handled design of the cup, first presented to the connections of Artilleryman in 1919.

The year’s tour features a new element, with 24 rural and regional destinations across Australia to be allocated a barrier for the 2019 Melbourne Cup. Cobram will be included as a national sweep destination in the new initiative.

Barriers will be drawn at random during the tour and the town which draws the barrier of the Melbourne Cup-winning horse receives $50000 to go to charity for a local community initiative.

Since the tour started, it has travelled more than 600000km and visited more than 450 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations.