Cup comes to town

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

New­born baby Char­lotte Mines may not re­mem­ber it but one of her first days in this world was spent up close with one of Aus­tralia’s most revered tro­phies.

As part of the Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup tour the tro­phy at­tended an af­ter­noon tea at the Nickol Bay Hos­pi­tal where pa­tients, staff, Char­lotte and her par­ents Rosie and Daniel got a once in a life­time chance to hold the $175,000 tro­phy.

Vic­to­rian Rac­ing Club his­to­rian An­drew Le­mon said the Pil­bara sun­shine brought out the best in the cup. “It makes peo­ple smile and I don’t think it’s just be­cause it’s the Mel­bourne Cup, I think there’s some­thing about the ac­tual shape and de­sign of it,” he said. “I love the fact peo­ple will come up and tell me sto­ries of their Mel­bourne Cup ex­pe­ri­ences while I’m on tour.”

While in Kar­ratha the Mel­bourne Cup and its en­tourage vis­ited the Bur­rup Penin­sula, Red Dog’s statue, Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club, the Kar­ratha City Cen­tre and the Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try busi­ness ex­cel­lence awards.

The 1994 Mel­bourne Cup-win­ning Jockey Wayne Harris said win­ning the Mel­bourne Cup was an ex­pe­ri­ence that never left you.

“You can call it any­thing you want, but it just has a magic and an aura about it which ev­ery­one loves,” he said.

Mr Harris said he had many fond mem­o­ries of his days of rac­ing at coun­try tracks. “I started in the coun­try, that’s where the salt of the earth is,” he said.

The public were given the op­por­tu­nity to have their photo taken with and hold the fa­mous tro­phy at a fam­ily fun day at the Leisure­plex.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Rosie and Daniel Mines with ther new­born baby Char­lotte and the Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup.

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