North Bur­nett to host tro­phy

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL -

THE North Bur­nett will host the iconic Mel­bourne Cup tro­phy for a day when it tours around Aus­tralia from early next month.

North Bur­nett Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said be­ing part of the tour would be an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence for the re­gion.

“We are de­lighted to host the Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup Tour on be­half of North Bur­nett re­gion,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“The North Bur­nett has a long and proud horse rac­ing his­tory and was home to the first Queens­land Jockey Club as well as the venue for Queens­land's first Derby in 1868.

“The sig­nif­i­cance of the Cup in our com­mu­nity will be a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence and a unique op­por­tu­nity for our res­i­dents to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrill of one of the world’s great­est sport­ing events.”

The Cup will be in Monto and Eidsvold on July 31.

In Queens­land, the cup will also travel to Bris­bane, Toowoomba, Black­all, Croy­don, the Whit­sun­days and the Gold Coast.

VRC Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Love said this year’s tour would cel­e­brate a height­ened en­thu­si­asm for rac­ing among the com­mu­nity fol­low­ing Michelle Payne’s vic­tory in 2015.

“Since the tour be­gan in 2003, we have de­lighted in bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether in the shared his­tory and magic of the Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup and Michelle’s vic­tory last year cer­tainly adds an­other di­men­sion to those nar­ra­tives,” Mr Love said.

“Hear­ing the many tales, from tri­umphs to tears and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, as peo­ple re­count their own unique ex­pe­ri­ences of one of the world’s great­est sport­ing events, is a joy for all in­volved.”

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