As Newmarket gears up for three days of fantastic racing at the Moët & Chandon July Festival, the town is also preparing to welcome the iconic Lexus Melbourne Cup on its tour around the world.
Arriving in Newmarket on Wednesday 11 July, the 18-carat gold Cup worth $200,000 will begin its tour at the yard of trainer Jane Chapple-Hyam early on Wednesday morning before heading to Newmarket Academy to meet school students.
For any members of the public looking to catch a glimpse of the ‘Loving Cup’ as it makes it way around prominent locations in Newmarket, should head to The National Heritage Centre of Horseracing and Sporting Art between 3.30pm and 5pm on Wednesday 11 July, where it will be on public display (free to view) as well as meeting current RoR resident and 2007 Melbourne Cup runner-up, Purple Moon in the Rothschild Yard.
Visitors are encouraged to come and snap themselves with the iconic Cup which marks the 100th edition of the three handled ‘Loving Cup’, first awarded in 1919.
Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art commented: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the Lexus Melbourne Cup to Palace House. The race is steeped in history and having a former runner up in the race itself here in the Rothschild Yard also makes it highly relevant. This is unique opportunity for the public to come and see this iconic racing trophy up close.”
Amanda Elliott, Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club commented: “I am absolutely delighted to be bringing the Cup to the home of horse racing in Britain and I am excited to see the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art – nowhere has a deeper heritage in the world of horse racing than Newmarket.
Rachel Hood, Mayor of Newmarket and Chairman of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art added: “How exciting for Newmarket, the Historic Home of Horseracing to be part of the Lexus Melbourne Cup world tour. Newmarket has such a rich association with the race itself, which is reflected by how many relevant locations the Cup will visit over the course of the next four days. We look forward to welcoming members of the Victoria Racing Club over such a fabulous few days which showcases Newmarket and all it has to offer.”
The town has such a rich connection to the Melbourne Cup, with past European-trained Cup winners including Americain and Protectionist completing their quarantine in Newmarket, and so many Newmarket trainers travelling horses to Flemington each year to compete in our great race.”
The next public viewing for the Lexus Melbourne Cup will be Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July at the Moët & Chandon July Festival, where the Cup will be on display for racegoers to enjoy throughout the afternoon.
Sophie Able, General Manager for Newmarket Racecourses said: “We are delighted to be able to show the Melbourne Cup at the Adnams July Course on Darley July Cup Day this Saturday and provide racegoers with the opportunity to see it in person. With both the Melbourne Cup and Darley July Cup representing the best of racing around the globe, there is no more fitting location that the Home of Horseracing for it to be on display.”
For members of the public looking to catch the Cup on its tour of Newmarket, see below the list of public viewing opportunities during its four-day visit.