Melbourne Cup makes visit to Manawatu
Melbourne Cup Day is always the first Tuesday in November, except this year in Manawatu, it will also be this Thursday.
On a tour of Australasia, Manawatu is one of only three New Zealand venues to host the NZ$183,000 18-carat gold trophy.
Thanks to the region’s passion for racing, historical links to the Melbourne Cup and strong community connections, the Melbourne Cup will be at the Rugby Museum upstairs at Te Manawa from 10am - 10.30am.
The Cup will then visit the Julia Wallace retirement home, before taking pride of place at Hokowhitu’s The Fat Farmer where it will be the focus of a charity luncheon to raise funds for new dialysis equipment.
Following the lunch, the Cup will pay a visit to Palmerston North Hospital, and be escorted through the wards so patients and staff get a chance for selfies and a rare ‘‘Cup experience’’.
It will be only the second time the Cup has ever been in Palmerston North, according to Alasdair Robertson of Racing at Awapuni Combined Enterprise (RACE), which was responsible for attracting the trophy here.
Between 6pm - 7pm, the Cup will be displayed at Feilding restaurant The Strong Room.
Accompanying the Cup is Australian racing personality and Melbourne Cup race caller Bryan Martin who will be sharing stories from his 38-year career.