Rockhampton will host the $200,000 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup on Wednesday September 13, as part of its milestone fifteenth annual tour of Australia and New Zealand.
While in Rockhampton, the Cup will visit the Rockhampton Art Gallery, owned and operated by Rockhampton Regional Council, for a fashion-filled family fun day including the ‘Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast’ exhibition showcasing some of the most iconic images from the past 100 years of fashion and a dedicated ‘Fashions on the Field’ themed pop up display.
Racing legend John Marshall will join the Tour and share his unique Emirates Melbourne Cup winning story.
Cr Rose Swadling, Chair of Rockhampton Regional Council’s Community Services Committee, said they are thrilled to be part of this year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour. “We’re excited to welcome the iconic Emirates Melbourne Cup to Rockhampton. Fashion and
horse racing have always gone hand in hand so it’s perfect that the Cup can be part of our Coming into Fashion exhibition at the Rockhampton Art Gallery where we will have a dedicated display of racewear fashion especially for the Cup's visit."
Victoria Racing Club Chairman Amanda Elliott said the VRC is excited to bring the magic of the Emirates Melbourne Cup to the people of Rockhampton. “The Melbourne Cup is an Australian cultural icon and is truly the People’s Cup, so we’re delighted to share it with the people, on this its fifteenth annual tour of Australia and New Zealand,” Mrs Elliott said.
The famous trophy will visit 31 destinations across Australia and New Zealand, starting in West Wyalong in regional NSW, where the gold used by ABC Bullion to make the trophy is mined, before returning to Flemington for ‘the race that stops a nation’™ on the first Tuesday
in November. Since its inaugural year, the Tour has travelled more than 494,000 kilometres and visited more than 377 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations, providing communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Emirates Melbourne Cup firsthand.
Community members are encouraged to upload photos with the Cup to Facebook, using the hashtags #PeoplesCup and #EmiratesMelbourneCup, for the chance to win a trip for two to Flemington for the running of the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup.
Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Rockhampton Details:
Wednesday 13 September: The Emirates Melbourne Cup Visits the Rockhampton Art Gallery for a Day of Fun and Fashion Rockhampton Art Gallery – Anderson Room, 32 Victoria Parade, Rockhampton
9.00am-10.00am: Media and VIP Guest Welcome
10.30am-11.00am: Guided Tour: Racing highlights from the collection
10.30am-11.30am: Year Six students from Crescent Lagoon State School will visit the Cup
11.30am-12.00pm: Talk and tour by the Rockhampton Jockey Club
11.30am-2.00pm: Meet and greet Kenny the Clysdale
1.30pm-2.30pm: Guided Tour: Racing highlights from the collection melbournecuptour.com.au
Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Central Highlands Details Clermont:
Thursday 14 September, 4.00pm: Clermont Daycare and Kindergarten Visit 6 Beatty Street, Clermont
Thursday 14 September, 6.30pm: Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour Event The Commercial Hotel 80 Capella Street, Clermont
Friday 15 September, 8:30 am: Capella Street Parade Cnr Capella Street and Herschel Street
Friday 15 September, 9.05am: St Joseph’s Primary School Visit 50 Box Street, Clermont
Friday 15 September, 9.35am: Clermont State Primary School 5 Hetherington Street, Clermont.
Friday 15 September, 10.00am: Clermont High School 5 Hetherington Street, Clermont
Friday 15 September, 12.00pm: Street Parade Cnr Egerton and Borilla Streets, Emerald
Friday 15 September, 1.00pm: Emerald Hospital Visit 69 Hospital Road, Emerald
Friday 15 September, 2.00pm: Avalon Aged Care Facility 126 Borilla Street, Emerald
Friday 15 September, 6.30pm: Pioneer Park Racecourse Event Pioneer Park, Emerald
Saturday 16 September, 10.30am: Springsure Hospital 21 Woodbine Street, Springsure
Saturday 16 September, 11.30am: Photo Opportunity at the track Springsure Racecourse, Springsure
The Emirates Melbourne Cup will be a part of a photo opportunity at the Springsure Race
Track with the Springsure Jockey Club from 11.30am then remain at the track for the
Springsure Cup giving locals the opportunity to experience the Cup, take photos with it and
enter the social media competition.