Racing's Holy Grail to visit city
THE 2012 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will race into Gympie on Wednesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 9 with racing legends, Sheila Laxon and Gympie's own Wendy Green as tour ambassadors.
Mrs Laxon and Mrs Green have both felt the thrill of winning the golden trophy as owners of cup champions.
Mrs Laxon's horse, Ethereal, won in 2001 and Wendy Green won with Rogan Josh in 1999.
The Victorian Racing Club has teamed up with the Gympie Turf Club to organise the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour's arrival in Gympie and engage the community with a full day of events.
Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slatter said he was excited both Mrs Laxon and Mrs Green were featuring in the Cup's tour of Gympie.
He said they would provide the community with a personal insight into the 'race that stops a nation'.
"We are thrilled to be selected as an Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour destination and we look forward to hearing Sheila and Wendy's stories of winning racing's greatest prize," Mr Slatter said.
While in Gympie, the 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup, valued at $175,000, will engage community groups with a special journey on the Valley Rattler steam train, alongside school and aged care visits.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the cup tour has visited more than 210 towns and travelled more than 285,000 kilometres to engage hundreds of thousands of people since its inception in 2003.