Melbourne Cup is coming to Ballina
The Ballina Jockey Club announced last week that Ballina had been selected as one of 23 destinations for the Australian icon on its tour of the country in the lead-up to this year’s event on November 3.
The cup will arrive in Ballina on Sunday, October 4.
Sarah Wills, chief executive of the Ballina club, said: “The Melbourne Cup is an Australian icon, an event celebrated by the entire nation.
“We feel very privileged in having the cup and bringing it to the community to highlight the significance of the Melbourne Cup and indeed racing in our community.”
She said Ballina Shire Council and other community groups were working with the jockey club to ensure a wide community coverage of this event.
“This is a great opportunity for people to view the cup and gain a better understanding of its significance,” she said.
This year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup is the 149th running of the event.
The cup will hit the road on September 28 and arrive at Flemington in time for the ‘race that stops the nation’.
The Victoria Racing Club had a record level of interest in this year’s tour, which is in its seventh year.
There were 68 tenders to host the world-renowned trophy.
Successful locations, like Ballina, were determined based on their impressive response to the brief and adherence to suggested guidelines, including the event schedule, community involvement and demonstrated benefits to the local area.