Tenders called for Melbourne Cup tour

The Melbourne Cup arrives at the Tuncurry races during the 2016 tour.THEEmirates Melbourne Cup Tour will this year celebrate a 15-year milestone, with the iconic Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy set to visit more than 30 destinations in its annual trek across Australia and New Zealand.
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To ensure the Taree community have an opportunity to secure a visit from the 18-carat gold Cup in this milestone year, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) willopen the tender process early for the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour with submissions now being accepted.

Since 2003, the revered Melbourne Cup has travelled more than 456,000 kilometersto rural, regional and metropolitan communities across Australia and New Zealand.

“The VRC created the concept of the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour with the aim to provide communities without easy geographical access to the Melbourne Cup an opportunity to experience the magic of the trophy first-hand,” VRC chief executive Simon Love said.

“We never dreamed that the tour would evolve into such a significant community event, which15 years later, continues to grow in popularity.

“We are humbled by the pleasure the cup provides to people of all ages, and want to ensure that as many communities as possible share the same unique opportunity again this year.

In 2016, the $175,000 gold trophy toured 34 destinations, providing schools, councils, hospitals, aged-care facilities and racing clubs with a unique opportunity to hosta day of community eventsand raise valuable funds for local causes.

Past racing legends also accompany the cup each year on its epic journey to recount some of the remarkable stories intrinsically linked to the ‘race that stops a nation’.

While the winner of the first Melbourne Cup in 1861 received a gold watch,today’sthree handled ‘loving cup’ is made from 44 pieces of hand-beaten gold sourced from West Wyalong in NSW, and crafted over 200 hours by ABC Bullion.

The 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour welcomes submissions from community groups, councils and racing bodies in rural and regional areas as well as capital cities, with successful destinations to be announced in June.

Each host destination selected makes a commitment to provide memorable and engaging community events involving the cup for everyone to enjoy. Local fundraising initiatives will also be supported. Tuncurry was part of last year’s tour while Taree and Wingham have previously been on the itinerary.

The Tour officially startsin Julybefore the cup returns to Melbourne for the running of the 157thEmirates Melbourne Cup on the firstTuesdayin November.

Tenders to be submitted atmelbournecuptour南京夜网419论坛by5pm (AEST)onMonday April 3.

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