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Melbourne Cup Tour Comes To Wanganui

The Magic of The Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Comes To Wanganui

Today the community of Wanganui united to welcome the iconic 18-carat gold, $196,000 ($175,000 AUD) 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy to town.

As part of the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour, Wanganui was selected by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) to be one of the 34 official destinations on the Cup’s 16 week Trans-Tasman schedule.

Living up to its status as the ‘People’s Cup’, locals were delighted when the Cup visited Pūtiki Marae, Jane Winston Retirement Village and Hospice Wanganui.

A community fun day was also held at the Wanganui Greyhound Racing Club, followed by a trip with the Vintage Car Club and another down the Whanganui River on the Waimarie.

Each year, the Tour celebrates the heroes and stories intrinsically linked to the much-loved Emirates Melbourne Cup.

VRC Acting Chief Executive Julian Sullivan said that since 2003 the Tour has provided rural, regional and metropolitan communities across Australia and New Zealand with the opportunity to experience the magic of the iconic trophy.

“We continue to be overwhelmed with how each town embraces the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour and celebrates the remarkable history of the race that stops two nations,” Mr Sullivan said.

The Cup will return to Melbourne on Monday 27 October for a week of Melbourne Cup Carnival celebrations ahead of the 154th Emirates Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.

2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Destinations

Date Destination
July 19Flemington Racecourse, VIC
July 21York, WA
July 23Perth, WA
July 26Featherston, NZ
July 28Wellington, NZ
July 29Whakatane, NZ
July 31Auckland, NZ
August 3-4Darwin, NT
August 10-12Sydney, NSW
August 18Brisbane, QLD
August 20Charleville, QLD
August 22Birdsville, QLD
August 27Murwillumbah,/Tweed, NSW
August 29Lismore, NSW
August 30Ballina, NSW
September 1Bendigo, VIC
September 3 Canberra, ACT
September 4Melbourne, VIC
September 6Wagga Wagga, NSW
September 8Cootamundra, NSW
September 10Grenfell, NSW
September 12Sorell, TAS
September 13Hobart, TAS
September 17-18Charters Towers, QLD
September 20Home Hill, QLD
September 26-27New Plymouth, NZ
September 29Wanganui, NZ
October 1Brisbane, QLD
October 2Brisbane/Gold Coast, QLD
October 3Noosa, QLD
October 8Sydney, NSW
October 9Adelaide, SA
October 10Melbourne, VIC
October 18Wodonga/Deniliquin, VIC/NSW
October 19Deniliquin, NSW
October 22Stawell, VIC
October 24Lorne, VIC
October 25Geelong, VIC
October 27-31Melbourne, VIC
November 1-3Melbourne, VIC
November 4Emirates Melbourne Cup Day (at Flemington) VIC

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