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