Chat with cup win­ner


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

RACE­GO­ERS will be able to have a look at this year’s 18-carat gold Mel­bourne Cup and chat with racing icon Jim Cas­sidy at As­cot on Au­gust 9 and 10.

The visit is part of a na­tional tour to pro­mote Aus­tralia’s favourite horse race.

Cas­sidy is best known for his 1983 and 1997 Mel­bourne Cup wins astride Kiwi and Might and Power.

He has since been in­ducted into the Aus­tralian Racing Hall of Fame, es­tab­lish­ing him­self as one of the all-time greats in Aus­tralian racing his­tory.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Cas­sidy will be lead­ing trainer Dar­ren Weir and noted Mel­bourne Cup strap­per Ste­vie Payne.

Vic­to­rian Racing Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Love said he was thrilled to have Cas­sidy in­volved in this year’s tour.

“This year the Mel­bourne Cup Tour will con­tinue to cel­e­brate the sto­ries in­trin­si­cally linked to the Mel­bourne Cup and its con­tri­bu­tion to Aus­tralia’s cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal her­itage,” he said.

“What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate is there than hav­ing racing roy­alty such as Jim Cas­sidy join the tour in Perth.”

Perth race­go­ers are en­cour­aged to post im­ages with the Cup to In­sta­gram us­ing #Emi­ratesMel­bourneCup and #Peo­plesCup for the chance to win a Myer shop­ping voucher. The over­all win­ner will re­ceive a trip for two to Mel­bourne Cup Day.

Mel­bourne Cup-win­ning jockey Jim Cas­sidy.

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