Broome selected to host 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour
Written on the 8 June 2016
The 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour officially broke out of the barriers today with the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) announcing that Broome has been selected to host the iconic 18-carat gold trophy.
The announcement was held at Darren Weir's stables in Ballarat, the heartland of the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup winning trainer.
The 2016 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
Broome was chosen to host the Tour for the commitment made by the Broome Tourism Center to provide a comprehensive schedule of activities for the entire community to enjoy
Broome Visitors Center General Manager, Nick Linton, said being part of the Tour will be an unforgettable experience that will unite community members as they play host to Australia's
"We see this visit from the Emirates Melbourne Cup as an opportunity for residents and visitors of Broome to experience the iconic Australian race first hand," said Mr Linton.
"Although we are isolated by geography in Broome, we are connected to the rest of our nation through our love of one of the world's greatest sporting events."
Racing royalty joined the celebrations, including 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir and strapper Stevie Payne, 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup winning horse Prince of Penzance and Flemington Ambassador Georgia Connolly in attendance.
For the first time the 'People's Cup' has been manufactured using gold mined from West Wyalong in regional NSW, a destination of this year's Tour, and the launch welcomed the
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
"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
"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
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
Community members are encouraged to upload photos with the Cup to Instagram, using the hashtags #PeoplesCup and #EmiratesMelbourneCup, for the chance to win a trip for two to
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