Mel­bourne Cup pays a visit

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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.

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