Payne fac­tor in Cup tour

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

FIVE des­ti­na­tions across Perth will wel­come the Melbourne Cup as it em­barks on its tour around Aus­tralia later this year.

As well as Bun­bury and Broome, the Cup – worth $175,000 – will be seen at Alki­mos Pri­mary School, Perth Lions Club, St Bartholomew’s House (East Perth), Two Rocks and Crown Perth.

The des­ti­na­tions were se­lected for their pas­sion for rac­ing, his­tor­i­cal links to the Melbourne Cup and ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity.

The Cup will journey to 34 towns and cities across Aus­tralia and New Zealand, be­fore re­turn­ing to Flem­ing­ton for the first Tues­day in Novem­ber.

VRC chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Love said he ex­pected crowds for this year’s tour to be boosted af­ter Michelle Payne’s his­toric tri­umph last year.

“Since the Tour be­gan in 2003, we have de­lighted in bring­ing com­mu­ni­ties to­gether in the shared his­tory and magic of the Emi­rates Melbourne Cup and Michelle’s vic­tory last year cer­tainly adds an­other di­men­sion to that nar­ra­tive,” he said.

“Hear­ing the many tales, from tri­umphs to tears and ev­ery­thing in be­tween, as peo­ple re­count their own unique ex­pe­ri­ences of one of the world’s great­est sport­ing events is a joy for all in­volved.”

Since its in­au­gu­ral year, the Tour has trav­elled more than 456,000 kilo­me­tres and vis­ited more than 333 re­gional, ru­ral and metropoli­tan des­ti­na­tions.

The Melbourne Cup will be in Perth on Au­gust 9-10.

Michelle Payne and brother Ste­vie with the Melbourne Cup.

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