Cup cel­e­bra­tions will be fast paced

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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