Melbourne Cup Visits Tuncurry

Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club, the state’s newest race club, is one of only six in NSW to host this year’s national tour of the Melbourne Cup.

The cup will arrive in Forster on Friday, July 15 from West Wyalong and spend two nights in the area before being packed back into its silk lined travel box ready for the flight to Auckland.

A reception will be held on Friday night at Tuncurry Bowling Club where the touring party from the Victoria Racing Club accompanying the cup will be welcomed.

The following morning it will be paraded, in a Cadillac and under police escort, through Forster and Tuncurry, stopping off at two nursing homes before arriving at the track at 12.30.

It will then be paraded down the home straight in a horse drawn carriage and with an escort from Riding For The Disabled.

It appearance at the track coincides with the club’s six event Ladies Day race meeting.

Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club’s president, Garry McQuillan, is hoping a large crowd will attend both the reception and the race meeting to view the cup.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to view this unique trophy and for people to have their picture taken with it,” McQuillan said.

“Viewing the cup will be free but if people want their photo taken we are asking for a $5 donation which will go to Riding For The Disabled.”

The club’s newly erected function pavilion, built at a cost of $45,000 and fully carpeted, will be converted to a ladies champagne bar for the meeting.