Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula, is calling on Victorians to come get a glimpse of the Melbourne Cup as it begins its tour around the country ahead of Australia’s greatest horse race in November.
Launching the tour today, Mr Pakula was helped by enthusiastic youngsters from Kensington Primary School.
Since it began in 2003, the Melbourne Cup Tour has become a highlight of the carnival, providing communities from across Australia and New Zealand a chance to share in the excitement of Australia’s premier racing event.
The tour unites communities bringing joy through its visits to schools, hospitals, aged care facilities and racing events that raise funds to support local organisations and special causes.
More than 325,000 people came for the racing, fashion and entertainment at last year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival, generating a record economic benefit of $374 million for Victoria.
More than $112 million of that came from international and interstate attendees.
Victoria is the proud home of Australian racing, generating more than $2.8 billion in economic activity and supporting more than 26,500 full time jobs.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula
“The Cup Tour is a great chance for everyone to get up close with Australia’s greatest horse race before the big day this November.”
“This year’s tour includes communities across Australia and New Zealand, and we hope people will flock to see the Cup that is so prized by horse trainers and owners across the globe.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020