ALBURY Racing Club will host the Melbourne Cup tour when the prized 18-carat gold trophy visits the city on September 2.
Albury is one of 34 destinations to host the Melbourne Cup tour as part of a three-month journey around Australia and New Zealand.
The iconic trophy will be accompanied by cup ambassadors who will be on site during the day to promote and educate the local community about the race that stops a nation.
Club chief executive John Miller said it would be the first time the $175,000 cup had visited Albury.
“To my knowledge the Melbourne Cup trophy has been to surrounding districts including Corowa and Deniliquin but has never been to Albury,” Miller said.
“The Melbourne Cup is one of Australia’s favourite sporting and cultural events and to have the Cup Tour visit Albury is a unique opportunity.
“Locals, visitors and children are all encouraged to come along and make the most of the chance to have their photo taken with one of the most iconic trophies in Australian sport.”
To celebrate the occasion the Albury Racing Club will host a Melbourne Cup Challenge Run for Albury PSSA Schools in the morning.
This will be followed by a function to be held at the Commercial Club later in the day.
Students will run around the two-kilometre track and earn points for their school depending on their finishing position.
The school that earns the most points overall will receive a $1000 donation from the Albury Racing Club towards purchasing new sporting equipment.
Official ambassadors will then share their stories and experiences at a function to be held at the Commercial Club from 5.30pm-8.30pm.
Tickets cost $35 with finger food provided and cash bar for beverages.
There will be opportunities to have your photo taken with the Melbourne Cup trophy.
All money raised will assist in the installation of new airconditioning units in the Members Bar at the Albury Racecourse.