York Racecourse and its home city are delighted at the recent announcement by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) that it will be host to the 17th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.
York is the only European destination amongst the 39 communities spread over six countries that will host the $200,000 Gold Trophy.
This year holds special significance for Australia’s most iconic trophy, with the VRC celebrating 100 years of the renowned three-handled design.
As part of the Cup Tour’s overseas expedition, the trophy will attend the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival (August 21-24) as well as visiting some of the famous landmarks in the City.
Speaking at the announcement of the schedule, VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott said this year’s Tour will celebrate the appeal of racing and the iconic Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy with more communities than ever before.
“Since the Tour began in 2003, we have delighted in bringing communities together in the shared history and magic of the Melbourne Cup,” Mrs Elliott said.
“This year is especially significant, with 2019 marking the 100th anniversary of the three- handled Melbourne Cup trophy design.”
In response to the news, Chairman of York Racecourse, Lord Grimthorpe said; “We’re extremely honoured and excited to be playing host to the Melbourne Cup. The links between the most famous races at our respective tracks, the Lexus Melbourne Cup and Sky Bet Ebor, grow ever closer and this is a tremendous example of the partnership between the venues”.
Since its beginning, the Tour has travelled more than 600,000 kilometres and visited more than 450 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations. It has provided communities with an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Melbourne Cup and hear the many stories connected with Australia’s greatest horse race.