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Apply now to host the Melbourne Cup in your town

Community groups and racing bodies in Gippsland South can vie for their chance to host the coveted trophy given to the winning owners in the ‘race that stops the nation’ with applications for the 2015 Melbourne Cup Tour now open.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) was encouraging towns, no matter how small, to apply for their chance to host the 2016 Melbourne Cup when it tours later this year.

“The Melbourne Cup tour provides regional towns with a great chance to feel as though they are part of the ‘great race’ and host a number of events that the community can get excited about in the lead up to the Melbourne Cup Carnival,” Mr O’Brien said.

“As part of last year’s tour, the Cup visited Rosedale to celebrate the town being the home of the 1915 Cup winner’s owner, the late Edith Widdis, exactly 100 years on from the win.

“Since 2003, the Melbourne Cup tour has provided regional communities with the chance to get their eye on the $175,000 prize.

“Over that period, the 18-carat gold Melbourne Cup has travelled more than 456,000 kilometres, visited over 333 towns and cities and engaged with hundreds of thousands of people.”

Mr O’Brien said the type of events that were typically held to celebrate the Cup being in town were parades, civic receptions, charity dinners community events and cocktail parties.

Mr O’Brien said once tour locations had been confirmed by the VRC, the club would work with towns to plan and host a range of community events to celebrate the Cup’s visit.

Applications to host the Cup are open until Monday, 11 April 2016 and to submit an online application, click here.

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