Mel­bourne Cup makes visit to Manawatu

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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