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Melbourne Cup To Visit 34 Towns & Cities

Wednesday, 8th June 2016

The 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour was officially launched yesterday with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) announcing that Melbourne will join nine other Victorian destinations in hosting the annual event. The announcement was held at the Ballarat stables of Darren Weir, trainer of last year's Melbourne Cup winner Prince Of Penzance. This year's Tour will see the $175,000 trophy travel to 34 towns and cities across Australia and New Zealand, before returning to Flemington for 'the race that stops a nation' on the first Tuesday in November. The successful destinations, including Ballarat, Kyabram, Nagambie, Kilmore, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Wodonga, Geelong and Pakenham were selected for their passion for racing, historical links to the Melbourne Cup and dedication to the community. VRC Chief Executive, Mr Simon Love, said this year the Tour will celebrate a heightened enthusiasm for racing amongst community groups far and wide following Michelle Payne's triumphant Melbourne Cup victory in 2015. "Since the Tour began in 2003, we have delighted in bringing communities together in the shared history and magic of the Emirates Melbourne Cup and Michelle's victory last year certainly adds another dimension to that narrative," Mr Love said. "Hearing the many tales, from triumphs to tears and everything in between, as people recount their own unique experiences of one of the world's greatest sporting events is a joy for all involved." Since its inaugural year, the Tour has travelled more than 456,000 kilometres and visited more than 333 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations, providing communities with a once-in-a-life opportunity to experience firsthand the magic of the Melbourne Cup.

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