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Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour 2019

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep kicked off recently, as the coveted trophy toured Deniliquin and Wakool in regional New South Wales and Koondrook on the Murray River in Victoria.

The exciting new initiative will see 24 rural and regional tour destinations across Australia each allocated a starting gate (barrier) for the race that stops a nation, the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

The town which draws the barrier of the Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning horse will be presented with $50,000 to put towards a charity supporting a local community initiative.

Known as the Ute Capital of Australia, Deniliquin was the first destination to draw a barrier. With 24 to choose from, Edward River Council Deputy Mayor Patricia Fogarty drew barrier 14. Wakool was next to draw its barrier when the iconic trophy visited on Saturday. Local Emma Flight, who submitted to host the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour on behalf of her town, drew barrier 9. Koondrook was the third regional Australia destination to select its barrier, with local Michelle McNeil assuming the role of selector. Much to the delight of the crowd, Ms McNeil drew barrier 4, the barrier of 2017 Melbourne Cup-winner Rekindling.

Ms Flight said it was a fantastic for a small town like Wakool to be involved in such a special community initiative. “It’s really exciting. Nothing much ever happens in Wakool that’s major. It’s a big thing for Wakool.,” Ms Flight said. “One of guests came dressed as a jockey wearing number nine…[so] hopefully it’s a good omen.”

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour will continue its journey across Australia this week, travelling to Darwin and Alice Springs. While in the NT, the People’s Cup will visit the regional community of Santa Teresa, attend the Camel Cup and catch up with the Melbourne Football Club ahead of its clash with the West Coast Eagles.

Since its inaugural year in 2003, the Tour has travelled more than 600,000 kilometres and visited more than 450 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations, providing communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup.

For further information about the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour please visit

Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep Background Information

  • A barrier is the starting gate which the horse jumps from at the beginning of a race.
  • The National Sweep is a new concept established by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) where 24 rural and regional Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour destinations across Australia will each be allocated a barrier for the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup.
  • Barriers will be drawn at random throughout the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour during the Tour’s stop at each National Sweep destination.
  • Representatives from the 24 communities will attend the Lexus Melbourne Cup Barrier Draw at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday 2nd November to witness which horse will represent their town.
  • The town which draws the barrier of the Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning horse will be presented with a cash prize of $50,000 to put towards a nominated charity for community projects.
  • Overseas Tour destinations and capital cities in Australia will not be included in the National Sweep.


  • Victoria – Melbourne, Ballarat, Tallarook, Koondrook, St Arnaud, Brim, Cobram, Euroa, Phillip Island, Bunyip
  • New South Wales– Sydney, Deniliquin, Wakool, Yeoval, Aberdeen/Scone, Grafton
  • South Australia– Adelaide, Ceduna, Streaky Bay
  • Northern Territory– Darwin, Alice Springs
  • Western Australia– Perth
  • Queensland– Brisbane, Blackall-Tambo, Gold Coast, Longreach, Townsville, Ayr, Bowen, Rockhampton, Georgetown
  • Tasmania– Hobart
  • New Zealand– Matamata, Wellington, Otago
  • Japan– Tokyo
  • United Kingdom– York
  • China– Shanghai
  • Singapore– Singapore

 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep Destinations

New South Wales Aberdeen/Scone, Deniliquin, Grafton, Wakool, Yeoval
Victoria Ballarat, Brim, Bunyip, Cobram, Euroa, Koondrook, Phillip Island, St. Arnaud, Tallarook
South Australia Ceduna, Streaky Bay
Northern Territory Alice Springs
Queensland Georgetown, Rockhampton, Townsville, Longreach, Blackall-Tambo, Bowen, Ayr



July 4 – 6 Hobart, TAS
July 8 – 10 Perth, WA
July 12 Deniliquin, NSW
July 13 Wakool, NSW
July 14 Koondrook, VIC
July 17 Darwin, NT
July 19 – 22 Alice Springs, NT
July 25 Bowen, QLD
July 26 Ayr/Townsville, QLD
July 27 Townsville, QLD
July 29 Sydney, NSW
July 31 Aberdeen/Scone, NSW
August 1 Aberdeen/Scone, NSW
August 5 – 6 Streaky Bay, SA
August 8 – 10 Gold Coast, QLD
August 12 Georgetown, QLD
August 14 – 15 Rockhampton, QLD
August 21 – 24 York, UK
August 26 Singapore, SG
August 28 Matamata, NZ
August 29 Wellington, NZ
August 30 Wellington/ Otago, NZ
August 31 Otago, NZ
September 3 Brim, VIC
September 4 St. Arnaud, VIC
September 6 – 8 Grafton, NSW
September 9 – 10 Longreach, QLD
September 11 Blackall-Tambo, QLD
September 13 – 14 Brisbane, QLD
September 17 Sydney, NSW
September 20 Shanghai, China
September 24 Melbourne, VIC
September 25 – 26 Adelaide, SA
September 28 – 30 Tokyo, Japan
October 2 Ballarat, VIC
October 3 Melbourne, VIC
October 5 – 6 Ceduna, SA
October 8 – 9 Melbourne, VIC
October 10 Euroa, VIC
October 14 Yeoval, NSW
October 17 Bunyip, VIC
October 18 Melbourne, VIC
October 21 – 22 Melbourne, VIC
October 23 Tallarook, VIC
October 24 – 25 Melbourne, VIC
October 26 Cobram, VIC
October 27 Phillip Island, VIC
October 28 – 31 Melbourne, VIC
November 1 Melbourne, VIC
November 2 AAMI Victoria Derby Day
November 3 – 4 Melbourne, VIC
November 5 Lexus Melbourne Cup Day



***People’s Cup races into Streaky Bay with hometown hero***

Three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy and his wife Cathy returned to Kerrin’s hometown of Streaky Bay on the South Australian coast this week and shared the magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy with the community. The defending Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning jockey and his wife toured the coastal town as part of the 17th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour, which saw the champion hoop engage in a number of community activities celebrating his arrival home.

As part of the Tour, the McEvoys visited students at Kerrin’s old primary school, stopped in for morning tea at Elmhaven Hospital and attended an evening function at the Streaky Bay Hotel raising money for the Kerrin McEvoy Sculpture Project. Locals are currently campaigning to build a life-size bronze statue of the champion jockey to display on the foreshore and over $30,000 was raised for the project as a result of the evening function.

Kerrin said it was wonderful to take the coveted trophy back to Streaky Bay and celebrate the magic of the trophy and his own Cup history with locals. “It’s great to come back and spend some time with friends and family here. They are keen followers of not only my career but the racing industry. The Melbourne Cup Tour is fantastic and the build up to this year’s big race is starting to gather momentum already.”

Born and raised in Streaky Bay, Kerrin is one of Australia’s best and most celebrated jockeys and racing is ingrained in his family, with his dad Phillip and uncle Peter jockeys before him. His other uncle is leading trainer Tony McEvoy. His first Melbourne Cup win came back in 2000 when he was just twenty years of age, riding Brew to victory and leaving in his wake some formidable competition in the form of Jim Cassidy and Glen Boss.

In 2016 Kerrin won his second Melbourne Cup when Almandin narrowly defeated Irish raider Heartbreak City take the 156th Melbourne Cup, giving owner Lloyd Williams his fifth Melbourne Cup victory. In 2018 Kerrin gave England its first success in the Lexus Melbourne Cup, riding Cross Counter to victory and rewarding the Godolphin stable with the ultimate prize.

The champion jockey married Cathy Payne in 2007 and together they have four children. Cathy is the sister of Michelle Payne, the first ever female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup.

Since its beginning, the Tour has travelled more than 600,000 kilometres and visited more than 450 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations. It has provided communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Melbourne Cup and hear the many stories connected with Australia’s greatest horse-race.

For further information about the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour please visit










***Mustajeer prevails in the Ebor as People’s Cup finishes European tour***

The sun has set on the European leg of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. While Australia was sleeping, talented stayer Mustajeer claimed victory in the time-honoured AUD$1.79 million Ebor Handicap at York Racecourse. The current Irish-trained gelding is now on his way to ‘the race that stops a nation’.

The Ebor has built a reputation as an important international pathway to the AUD$8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup and Mustajeer will follow in the footsteps of past Ebor Handicap winners including Heartbreak City, Nakeeta and Muntahaa.

The winning connections have secured their ticket to Melbourne thanks to an exciting new initiative between the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and York Racecourse which will see them receive a once-in-a-lifetime experience for two to the Melbourne Cup Carnival including business class flights, accommodation and money-can’t-buy invitations to special events during Cup Week.

“It’s an unbelievable thrill and we’re delighted to be a part of it. I can’t wait to go!” owner David Spratt said.

Australian Bloodstock recently bought into the six-year-old and have experienced Cup success before with Protectionist.

“They fully believe in the horse and they have seen the exact same things we’re seeing and fair play to them, they’re good people that do their homework and understand their racing and I am delighted for them,” Mr Spratt said. “We love this horse so much. We really believe that this horse is a proper horse and we have a real shot on the big day.”

The Ebor Handicap caps off an epic week of racing in York as part of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, which began with a thrilling contest between Japan and Crystal Ocean in the Juddmonte International Stakes.

The festival’s crescendo came when the world’s most admired racehorse Enable asserted her authority for the last time on British turf in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Not to be outdone, Stradivarius secured The Lonsdale Cup on Friday, completing the Lonsdale Cup, Ascot Gold Cup and Goodwood Cup combination for the second year in a row. And from stayers to sprinters, the brilliant Battaash smashed the 30 year old 1000 metre track record in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes.

The week long journey of the Cup has taken in the sights of the picturesque Yorkshire countryside, bestowed its magic on the Australian Men’s Cricket team before their 3rd Ashes Test against England, hitched a ride on board the HMS Endeavour replica and took in the spectacular sights of the city of York.

During its tour the iconic trophy also caught up with some of the some of the biggest names in racing, including champion jockey and international superstar Frankie Dettori, legendary trainers including John Gosden OBEAiden O’BrienHughie Morrison and trainer of last year’s second runner-up Charlie Fellowes, who declared his intention to compete once again in this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup with Prince of Arran following his fourth placing in the Ebor Handicap.

VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott said it had been a hugely successful leg of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. “The way that the Cup has been received has warmed our hearts, it’s been fabulous,” Mrs Elliott said. “It’s this unbelievable magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup. We know what that means in Australia, we know it stops the nation, we know that people drive thousands of miles to see it when it’s on tour. What does surprise us is that the same feeling exists in people who live on the other side of the world. It is a wonderful thing. The relationship with York Racecourse is one we really value and I believe the Ebor Handicap going to £1 million has further enhanced a great staying race,” she said.

“It’s the best edition of the Ebor I’ve ever seen and the connection between the Lexus Melbourne Cup and runners of this great race is very exciting. I would like to express my gratitude to Lord Grimthorpe, William Derby and their team for their support of the Tour and congratulate them on a spectacular Ebor festival.”

The Cup will now head to Singapore on Tour before crossing the Tasman Sea to New Zealand, where it will visit Matamata, Wellington and Otago.

For further information about the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour please visit



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