Giddyup for Melbourne Cup
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.