Host the Mel­bourne Cup

Myrtleford Times - - NEWS -

COM­MU­NITY groups across the Ovens Val­ley have the chance to host the cov­eted Mel­bourne Cup tro­phy with ap­pli­ca­tions for the 2016 Mel­bourne Cup Tour now open.

Na­tion­als mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy (MLA, Ovens Val­ley) said the Vic­to­ria Rac­ing Club was en­cour­ag­ing towns, no mat­ter how small, to ap­ply for the op­por­tu­nity.

“The Mel­bourne Cup tour pro­vides re­gional towns with a great chance to feel as though they are part of ‘the race that stops the na­tion’and host a num­ber of events that the com­mu­nity can get ex­cited about in the lead up to the Mel­bourne Cup Car­ni­val,” Mr McCurdy said.

“The Ovens Val­ley elec­torate is for­tu­nate to have a num­ber of ac­tive and in­no­va­tive rac­ing clubs which all work hard to make coun­try rac­ing events a sig­nif­i­cant part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“The op­por­tu­nity would add even more ex­cite­ment to our coun­try rac­ing and tourism cal- en­dars and I en­cour­age all our rac­ing com­mu­ni­ties to ap­ply.”

Mr McCurdy said since 2003, the Mel­bourne Cup tour has pro­vided re­gional com­mu­ni­ties with the chance to get their eye on the $175,000 prize.

Ap­pli­ca­tions to host the cup are open un­til Mon­day, April 11.

On­line ap­pli­ca­tions can be sub­mit­ted at: https://www. flem­ing­ton. com. au/ mel­bourne-cup-car­ni­val/emi­rates­melbourne-cup-tour.

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