Cup tour comes to the re­gion

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Lo­cal horserac­ing fans should mark Fri­day, July 14 in their di­aries as the date when the Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup will be stop­ping in Roe­bourne and Kar­ratha as part of its 2017 na­tional tour.

The Nor West Jockey Club com­mit­tee will be dis­play­ing the fa­mous cup along with its own Roe­bourne Cup at a day-long se­ries of events around town in a visit or­gan­ised to co­in­cide with the club’s 150th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions and in the lead-up to Ladies’ Day the next day.

The Mel­bourne Cup will start the day at the Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre look-out for an of­fi­cial photo shoot, be­fore head­ing to the jockey clu,b where it will fea­ture at a public day­time show­ing from 9am-noon.

In the evening, the cup will be on dis­play at an event open to all at Onyx on Sharpe from 6pm-7pm and then an ex­clu­sive spon­sors’ func­tion from 7pm-9pm.

Roe­bourne will be one of 31 des­ti­na­tions na­tion­wide to host the 18-carat gold tro­phy, with Ku­nunurra and Perth the only other WA stops.

Nor West Jockey Club pres­i­dent Kevin Kin­in­month said host­ing the cup was an ideal way to ac­knowl­edge the club’s place as part of Aus­tralian horserac­ing his­tory.

“This year marks 150 years of the Roe­bourne races so what bet­ter way to cel­e­brate than to host the na­tion’s most fa­mous tro­phy?” he said.

“The tour will pro­vide a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals to unite and be part of his­tory.”

NWJC pro­mo­tions co-or­di­na­tor Tara Sta­ley said the cup tour added an ex­cit­ing new el­e­ment to this year’s race meets. “It makes our event some­thing big­ger, so when you have kids out here we can do pho­tos and re­ally present that in line with one of our race meet­ings,” she said.

“It’s another thing for the com­mu­nity to do with the horserac­ing.”

The Nor West Jockey Club is the sec­ond-old­est horserac­ing club in WA and is cel­e­brat­ing its 150th an­niver­sary this year.

The Mel­bourne Cup was last in Kar­ratha two years ago when it was hosted by the Kar­ratha and Dis­tricts Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, and was pre­vi­ously hosted by the NWJC in 2009. The NWJC Ladies’ Day will be fol­lowed by its main race meet of the year, the Roe­bourne Cup, on July 29.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Mem­bers of the Nor West Jockey Club com­mit­tee will host the Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup on July 14.

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