Melbourne Cup Tour rides into Lismore this Father's Day

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

One of Australia’s most famous sporting icons, the Emirates Melbourne Cup, will visit Lismore for Father’s Day on Sunday, 3 September.

The $175,000, 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup is making its way across Australia and New Zealand on a three-and-a-half month journey ahead of the 2017 Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The cup will be on display and there will be public photo opportunities in front of Wallace Bishop at the Lismore Shopping Square on Sunday, 3 September from 10am-12pm. Wallace Bishop own Hardy Brothers, which makes the Emirates Melbourne Cup.

The Rous Hotel will also be hosting a Father’s Day Luncheon with the cup on display from 12pm-2pm. This will include an address by this year’s Melbourne Cup Ambassador Wayne Harris, the 1994 Melbourne Cup jockey who rode Jeune to victory. He will be joined by fellow Ambassador and Victorian Racing Club representative Ray Dummett.

“This is a great opportunity to take dad to see the cup or shout him lunch and hear some of the rich and colourful stories from the Melbourne Cup’s 153-year history,” Lismore City Council’s Tourism and Events Manager Mitch Lowe said.

“The Tour celebrates the stories and the heroes intrinsically linked to the race that stops a nation and their contribution to Australian racing culture. We’re delighted to have the Emirates Melbourne Cup visiting Lismore and have two Ambassadors you can share with us some of Australia’s racing history.”

Full details of the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour stop in Lismore are available at www.visitlismore.com.au. Tickets to the Father’s Day Luncheon are $50 and include a three-course meal. Bookings are essential. Phone the Rous Hotel on 6621 5044.

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