Melbourne Cup pays a visit
Residents of Hawke’s Bay experienced the magic of the Emirates Melbourne Cup when it rode into town this week as part of its annual Tour of Australasia.
The solid 18 carat gold trophy worth $NZ183,000 was welcomed by Hawke’s Bay Racing which arranged a number of community activities to celebrate the Cup’s arrival. Andrew Castles from Hawkes Bay Racing said they were thrilled to be a part of this year’s tour.
“The highlight for me was seeing the 1916 and 2016 Melbourne Cups side by side at the Sasanof Homestead.
“Everyone got behind the cup’s visit and it was great to see so many people from the community come down to Club Hastings and Turks Bar to have their photo with the cup,” said Andrew.
Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Ambassador and veteran race caller Bryan Martin joined in the celebrations, which included events throughout the region.
The Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will continue to travel around Australia and New Zealand before returning to Flemington on Tuesday November 1 for the ‘race that stops a nation™’.
PEAK OPPORTUNITY: Frankie Castles, Layla Williams and Hunter Castles with Bryan Martin, Melbourne Cup caller with the Melbourne Cup, on TeMata Peak, one of the stops on the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.
GOLDEN: Retired jockey John Thomas Anderson, 84, resident of Mary Doyle Retirement Village, holds the Melbourne Cup with Australian racing personality Bryan Martin.