Giddyup for Mel­bourne Cup

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

AN AUS­TRALIAN sport­ing icon will be gal­lop­ing into Port Dou­glas later this month.

The 40cm Mel­bourne Cup, val­ued at $190,000 and awarded to the win­ner of one of the most fa­mous horse races in the world, is tour­ing the coun­try and will arrive in Port Dou­glas on Au­gust 11.

Housed in a se­cure and wa­ter­proof per­spex box, the Cup will travel from Cairns to Port Dou­glas by car, and the CEO of the Cairns Jockey Club, Gra­ham Thor­ton, said it will be per­fectly safe as it will be “wear­ing a seat­belt”.

Af­ter ar­riv­ing in Port at 8am, the Cup will be taken to the Port Dou­glas marina where it will then be placed on­board an out­rig­ger and pad­dled down the in­let to land on the beach at Anzac Park.

At 9am, there will be a break­fast sausage siz­zle at Anzac Park with the re­gion’s school chil­dren, lo­cals and tourists.

The Vic­to­rian Rac­ing Club’s tour am­bas­sador Sheila Lax­ton will speak to those gath­ered and give a lit­tle his­tory on the Cup and what it means to the peo­ple and at 10.30am the break­fast will end.

Then the fun re­ally be­gins when the Cup is taken by he­li­copter at 11.10am to the Outer Bar­rier Reef where it will be met by the Quick­sil­ver boat and its pas­sen­gers along with the in­ter­na­tional me­dia.

The Cup will then “scuba dive” on the reef with pho­tog­ra­phers and a ded­i­cated diver and once the Cup has “cooled off” af­ter its dip will re­main on­board the boat while the chop­per flies back to Port with a DVD of the dive to be given to the tele­vi­sion out­lets for their evening news bul­letins that night.

The boat will then de­part from the Agin­court Reef and steam back into Port Dou­glas ar­riv­ing at 4.30pm where it will be placed back in the car, with its seat­belt, and driven back to Cairns. Only in Port Dou­glas. Tourism Port Dou­glas Dain­tree ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Doug Ryan said the footage would at­tract in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure.

“When two Aus­tralian icons such as the Mel­bourne Cup and the Great Bar­rier Reef are com­bined you’re bound to at­tract at­ten­tion,” he said.

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