The Victoria Racing Club says Shepparton and Nagambie will join racing history when they play host to the iconic 18-carat gold Melbourne Cup in 2018.
The Goulburn Valley locations were revealed as tour destinations at a special event in Richmond, joining 35 other cities and towns across the globe that will be part of the 16th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Kim O’Keeffe said being part of the tour would be an unforgettable experience.
‘‘Hosting the iconic trophy will be a wonderful experience for Shepparton,’’ Cr O’Keeffe said.
‘‘Each year our town embraces the Melbourne Cup and we are looking forward to sharing the magic of the ‘People’s Cup’ with the Shepparton community.’’
For the first time, as part of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour, the iconic trophy will travel to the United Kingdom and Ireland.
■The tour will visit Shepparton on August 3 and Nagambie on August 4.