Melbourne Cup to visit Newman’s East Pilbara Race Club as part of 2022 tour

Alexander ScottNorth West Telegraph
Victoria Racing Club chairman Neil Wilson with the 2021 Melbourne Cup. Luis Ascui
Camera IconVictoria Racing Club chairman Neil Wilson with the 2021 Melbourne Cup. Luis Ascui Credit: LUIS ASCUI/AAPIMAGE

The race that stops Newman just got even bigger with the Melbourne Cup trophy tobe the highlight of the East Pilbara racing calendar.

The East Pilbara Race Club was announced on July 8 as one of the stops on the 20th Lexus Melbourne Cup tour which will visit the town from August 19-21, including the annual Newman Cup.

The Victoria Racing Club launched the tour in 2003 and since then the Cup has travelled far and wide across Australia and the world, travelling more than 760,000 kilometres to more than 560 destinations.

Newman is one of just three WA locations on the tour which is visiting 33 destinations across Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

East Pilbara Race Club president Josh Andrews said the Cup would be a welcome race-day addition.

“After not being able to host the iconic trophy in person last year we are delighted to have it visit in person this year on our annual race day in August,” he said.

“Our race track is one of Australia’s unique hidden gems and we look forward to celebrating the Cup’s arrival as a community.”

VRC chairman Neil Wilson said the tour was an opportunity to share the magic of the Melbourne Cup with people across the nation.

“The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour has only continued to grow in popularity, with a record-breaking number of applications from towns and communities for its milestone 20th edition,” he said.

“We are humbled by the excitement and joy the Cup brings to people of all ages and backgrounds and are pleased to be taking the iconic trophy back on the road and sharing it with the nation again after restricted travel over the past two years.”

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