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Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour 2020

Destinations across the world are invited to share in the magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup, with applications to host the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour officially open.

Now in its 18th year, the Tour has travelled more than 730,000 kilometres and visited more than 490 destinations, providing communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close with the Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy.

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep will also return for a second year, with 24 rural and regional Cup Tour destinations across Australia to be allocated a barrier for the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

Barriers will be drawn at random throughout the Cup’s visit to communities on Tour and 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 charity for a local community initiative.

Bunyip in regional Victoria took home the $50,000 donation last year, after Vow and Declare stormed to victory in the 159th Lexus Melbourne Cup from barrier 21.

Bunyip local Brad Walker, who watched the race in the Flemington Mounting Yard on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, said the whole community has benefited from the initiative.  “It was just an extraordinary feeling when we knew we won. The whole experience has just been unbelievable. We are still so over the moon. We had the Bunyip State Park fires in March 2019 so receiving the donation has been extremely beneficial in uplifting the community and helping fund a number of much-needed community initiatives,” Mr Walker said.

Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the Tour has become one of the most important initiatives of the Club.  “The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour gives us an opportunity to share the magic of the Cup with people all over Australia and internationally. We never dreamed that it would evolve into such a significant community event, which 17 years later, continues to grow in popularity. We are humbled by the excitement and joy the Cup brings people of all ages and backgrounds on Tour, and want to ensure that as many communities as possible can share in the magic of the People’s Cup this year. We are also thrilled to once again include the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep in this year’s Tour and look forward to supporting local community initiatives.”

Once selected as a Tour destination, communities will be supported by the VRC to plan and host a range of memorable community events during the Cup’s visit.

A stable of racing legends will accompany the Cup as Tour Ambassadors and share their unforgettable Melbourne Cup moments.

Applications can be made online at MelbourneCupTour.com.au up until Monday 6 April.

Successful 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour submissions will be announced in June, with the Tour officially commencing its journey in July.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday 31 October with AAMI Victoria Derby Day, followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 3 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 5 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 7 November.

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***Update as at 1 August 2020***

At a time when we need hope to get through the challenging times we are living in, the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour will still go ahead in 2020. Ahead of its official launch, the VRC will celebrate the People’s Cup by reliving some of best moments from the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour’s past 17 years.

Since its inaugural year in 2003, the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour has travelled more than 730,000 kilometres and visited more than 500 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations.

From Dunedoo to Dunedin, Longreach to London, Broome to Birdsville and Ireland to Ipswich, the coveted trophy has travelled far and wide on tour and given communities across the globe a once in a lifetime opportunity to share in the magic that is the Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy.

The VRC will look back on past highlights, share stories from Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Ambassadors and provide insight into the tales that make the iconic trophy the People’s Cup.

The retrospective will conclude with the launch of the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour, which will officially kick off the cup’s all Australian adventure in September.

The VRC continues to hope this year’s tour will be a combination of both physical and virtual visits, and are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and restrictions on travel.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said the club was looking forward to reliving some of the tour’s iconic moments. “Since the tour first began in 2003, the Lexus Melbourne Cup has travelled to some of the most iconic and interesting locations across Australia and the globe,” Mr Wilson said. “The cup represents so much more than racing, it is the People’s Cup and the Lexus Melbourne Cup is the people’s race.  The VRC are the custodians of this Australian icon and in these challenging times it is more important than ever we share the joy the trophy creates with communities that have been through so much this year. We look forward to playing our part in uniting Australia and supporting fundraising efforts to assist towns big and small to get back on their feet.”

Episodes will be released on the VRC’s social media platforms and also be available to view online at www.melbournecuptour.com.au.

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***Update as at 2 September 2020***

For the first time in its 17 year history, this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour will be a combination of physical and virtual visits to communities across Australia.

The People’s Cup will visit 27 destinations as part of this year’s exclusively domestic schedule.

The coveted $200,000 trophy will virtually visit towns across our nation including the fire-affected towns of Marlo, Buchan and Mallacoota in Victoria, Kangaroo Island in South Australia, Casino in New South Wales and La Trobe in Tasmania.  The trophy will also visit the hospice of the VRC’s 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival Pin and Win partner Very Special Kids in Bendigo, Victoria.

The tour will also visit the owners of the reigning Lexus Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare in Gympie in rural Queensland. From there, it’s on to Katherine in the Northern Territory to revisit the Everett family in continued support of Dolly’s Dream.

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) last visited the Everett family on tour in 2018, sharing the People’s Cup with the community and raising funds for Dolly’s Dream, an anti-bullying organisation the Everett’s established in memory of their daughter Amy ‘Dolly’ Everett.

The VRC hopes to conduct Victorian visits in October in person, restrictions permitting.

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep will return for a second year, with 24 rural and regional destinations to be allocated a barrier for the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

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

Bunyip in regional Victoria took home the $50,000 donation last year and put the money towards several community initiatives including assisting with the rebuild of community facilities following the Bunyip State Park fires in March 2019.

VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott said it was more important than ever to share the magic of the iconic trophy with Australians.

“This year has been exceptionally challenging for all Australians.  Devastating drought and catastrophic bushfires, as well as a global pandemic have contributed to a sense of isolation, uncertainty and in many cases financial hardship.  This has amplified the importance of community and connectedness,” Mrs Elliott said.

“In the year of the 160th running of our great race, we are looking forward to connecting with people in a very modern way.  To be able to share stories, celebrate favourite moments, whilst raising much needed funds for a large range of worthy causes.”

As the Principal Partner of the VRC, Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said Lexus is honoured to be supporting this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.

“Lexus is looking forward to entering its third year as naming rights sponsor of the Lexus Melbourne Cup, and the 18th year of our relationship with the VRC,” Mr Thompson said.

“In what has been an incredibly challenging year for our nation, the Lexus Melbourne Cup is the People’s Cup and we look forward to playing our part in sharing the iconic trophy with Australians across the nation and supporting fundraising efforts to assist towns big and small to get back on their feet.”

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour will officially kick off on Friday 4 September when it visits Moree in New South Wales and dials in to a number of events organised by Moree Race Club.

Since its beginning, the Tour has travelled more than 700,000 kilometres and visited more than 500 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations. It has provided communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup and hear the many stories connected with Australia’s greatest horse-race.

For further information about the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour please visit melbournecuptour.com.au

The 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 31 October followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 3 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 5 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 7 November.

Network 10 is the exclusive broadcast partner of the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival with all races live and free on 10.

 

2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Itinerary

Date Destination
September 4 – 5 *Moree, NSW
September 11 *Gympie, QLD
September 14 *Latrobe, TAS
September 16 *Busselton, WA
September 17 *Nillumbik, VIC
September 18 Brisbane, QLD
September 20 *Sunshine Coast, QLD
September 21 *Casino, NSW
September 23 *Kangaroo Island, SA
September 25 *Mareeba, QLD
September 28 *Katherine, NT
October 1 *Geelong, VIC
October 2 *Moruya/Bateman’s Bay Region, NSW
October 3 *Malua Bay, NSW
October 6 *Donald, VIC
October 7 *Birchip, VIC
October 9 Melbourne, VIC
October 11 *Marlo, VIC
October 12 *Buchan, VIC
October 13 *Mallacoota, VIC
October 14 Sydney. NSW
October 15 Melbourne, VIC
October 16 *Grampians Region, VIC
October 18 *Horsham, VIC
October 20 *Kyabram, VIC
October 22 Melbourne, VIC
October 23 *Murrindindi/Mansfield Region, VIC
October 24 – 26 Melbourne, VIC
October 27 *Fosterville, VIC
October 28 *Bendigo, VIC
October 29 – November 3 Melbourne, VIC


*Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep destination

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GYMPIE

The Queensland town of Gympie recently celebrated their place in Lexus Melbourne Cup history today when Gympie State High School virtually hosted the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour as part of their morning assembly.

Gympie is home to a number of reigning Lexus Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare’s 13 owners, including Bob Leitch and Gympie State High School principal Anthony Lanksey, who organised the assembly.

As part of the special school event, Anthony and Bob shared their memories from last year’s race and reflected on what it was like to be in the Mounting Yard at Flemington Racecourse when Vow and Declare crossed the line first.

The fairy-tale win made headlines across the globe and saw Vow and Declare become the first Australian horse to win ‘the race that stops a nation since Shocking in 2009.

Video messages from Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chairman Amanda Elliott and reigning Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Craig Williams were also played to the students.

Anthony and Bob shared their hopes for this year, with Vow and Declare having been nominated for this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup where he has been allotted a weight of 57kg.

Anthony said the memory of winning the race last year will be etched in his mind forever and it was wonderful to relive the moment through the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.

“The euphoria, the feeling when he crossed the line and Matt Hill said he’s won it for Australia…there’s that moment of elation right at the start and then there’s the pause after it when you actually go is this real, he said, you just stand there for a moment going…this is Australia’s greatest race and we’re a part of it…we’ve won it. We’re very lucky to be part of the… virtual tour. Our school’s values are about success, tradition, diversity and resilience and I think that is very easy to tie into the Melbourne Cup.”

Gympie is also one of this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep destinations, which will see 24 rural and regional tour destinations across Australia be allocated a barrier for the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

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

Since its beginning, the Tour has travelled more than 700,000 kilometres and visited more than 500 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations. It has provided communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup and hear the many stories connected with Australia’s greatest horse-race.

For further information about the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour please visit melbournecuptour.com.au

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KANGAROO ISLAND

Kangaroo Island locals celebrated the magic of the People’s Cup recently when the South Australian island played host to the 18th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.

In January this year Kangaroo Island suffered significant damage as a result of bushfires. Kangaroo Island Turf Club successfully submitted to host the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour to boost the spirits of locals after a challenging year.

While the physical Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy was unable to travel to the island due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, two-time Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning jockey and South Australian local John Letts travelled to the island along with the 1950 Melbourne Cup won by Comic Court, which was on loan courtesy of the Lees family.

Locals joined Letts at a special Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour event at Kingscote Town Hall, with leading jockey and Kangaroo Island native Dwayne Dunn and legendary race caller Greg Miles also dialling into the event virtually and sharing their racing stories. Kangaroo Island Mayor Michael Pengilly was also in attendance alongside the 1950 Melbourne Cup trophy.

As part of the tour, Letts also stopped in at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park and got up close and personal with some of park’s most cuddly residents.

Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park became the centre of wildlife rescue during the bushfires, with more than 700 injured animals brought to the park needing help.

Kangaroo Island is also one of this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep destinations, which will see 24 rural and regional tour destinations across Australia be allocated a barrier for the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

The town that draws the barrier of the Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning horse will be presented with a cash prize of $50,000 to put towards a charity for a local community initiative. Barriers for the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep will be drawn later this month.

Kangaroo Island Turf Club President Mark Turner said it wonderful to host the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour and have Letts visit the island. “It means a lot to the community [and] what a buzz it was. As long as we get the right barrier and we get the favourite and win the Cup we are all happy!”

Since its beginning, the Tour has travelled more than 700,000 kilometres and visited more than 500 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations. It has provided communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup and hear the many stories connected with Australia’s greatest horse-race.

See the video of the event here  –  https://youtu.be/QuqSDgRhCe8

 

 

 






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