Two northern Victorian towns have been announced as destinations on the 15th annual Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.
Euroa and Echuca have been chosen as two of the 31 cities and towns across Australia and New Zealand that the famous cup will visit before it heads to Melbourne, ahead of ‘the race that stops a nation’.
Both towns were chosen for their passion for racing and community spirit.
Lindsay Park owner David Hayes said the cup coming to Euroa was a positive for the town.
‘‘The Melbourne Cup coming to Euroa will catch the imagination of everyone. It will be good,’’ Mr Hayes said.
‘‘It will add interest to the race and it will certainly have to help (local businesses).’’
Echuca Racing Club manager Leigh Newton said they were thrilled to be part of the tour.
‘‘Echuca has a very strong racing culture and we hold our biggest race day on Emirates Melbourne Cup Day,’’ he said.
‘‘Hosting the cup, Australia’s most famous horse racing trophy, will unite our community and give locals the chance to celebrate this Australian cultural icon.’’
Mr Hayes said the tour was gaining popularity, year after year.
‘‘The tour is very popular — it’s building momentum, not losing momentum because the trophy is a sporting icon of Australia,’’ he said.
Euroa will host the Melbourne Cup on Sunday, October 15, two days before Echuca on Tuesday, October 17.
Starting on July 1, the $200000 trophy will visit 31 destinations across Australia and New Zealand, starting in West Wyalong in regional NSW, where the gold used by ABC Bullion to make the trophy is mined, before returning to Flemington for the first Tuesday in November.