On Wednesday afternoon, Palace House welcomed the Lexus Melbourne Cup on its tour around the world.
Arriving in Newmarket on Wednesday 11 July, the 18-carat gold Cup worth $200,000 was welcomed by Purple Moon, runner-up in the 2007 Melbourne Cup and now an RoR resident following a successful second career in Showing.
Members of the public enjoyed the opportunity to not only see but hold the ‘Loving Cup’ which marks the 100th edition of the three handled cup, first awarded in 1919.
Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art commented: “We were 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 was 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 to experience the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art – nowhere has a deeper heritage in the world of horse racing than Newmarket.
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.
The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour itinerary – Newmarket, Suffolk, UK
The Cup will stop in at Ed Dunlop’s La Grange stables. Dunlop will reflect on his own experiences with the ‘race that stops a nation’TM including the tremendous achievements of Red Cadeaux. Dunlop will also speak about his chances in this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup with Red Verdon.
The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour will visit the The National Stud, where guests can share in the magic of the Cup. The stop will also incorporate a catch up with Ed Dunlop’s former globetrotting galloper and 2015 Melbourne Cup runner-up Trip to Paris, who is enjoying retirement at The National Stud.
The Cup will proceed to July Cup Day, where it will be involved in the festivities of one of Newmarket’s favourite racing events.
Photo Caption: L – R: Luca Cumani, Deborah Polley, Purple Moon, Sara Cumani, the Lexus Melbourne Cup, Amanda Elliott, Chris Garibaldi and Rachel Hood