Cup celebrations will be fast paced
MUNDUBBERA’S Melbourne Cup partying will begin on Monday night at the Royal Hotel where a large crowd always gathers for the spit roasts, phantom race call, famous guest speaker, multi-draw raffles and calcutta, which have become Mundubbera traditions on the eve of the Cup.
Each year Keith and Garry Palmer sponsor the guest speaker and this year Geoff Lane will appear.
Lane was known as the golden boy of Australian racing in his apprentice days.
He started riding in Melbourne in 1954 andwas six times champion apprentice before becoming champion jockey.
Although he won many classics and Group One races, Lane is best remembered as the rider of the great weight-for-age galloper, Lord, whose duels with the immortal Tulloch thrilled racegoers of the era.
He transferred to Hong Kong, where he spent 37 years as a rider, starter, steward and successful trainer.
With trainers forced to retire at 65 in Hong Kong, Lane spent four years training in Macau before he returned to Australia and settled on the Gold Coast in 2008.
Since then he has worked with Queensland Racing to help stewards on race days where his ex- tensive knowledge of the industry and experience have been invaluable.
Guest speaker in 2009, 80-yearold Noel Best, will return again because he always has an excellent time at Mundubbera’s Melbourne Cup functions.
Multi-draw-raffle prizes donated by the town’s businesses will raise welcome funds for the Mundubbera Rotary Club as will the calcutta competition.
On Tuesday a Melbourne Cup lunch in aid of the Mundubbera Kindergarten will also be held at the Royal Hotel from at 10.30am.
Bookings for the lunch are essential.