Each year, the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour celebrates the heroes and stories intrinsically linked to the Victoria Racing Club’s 159-year old Melbourne Cup race and its contribution to the nation's historical and cultural heritage. The 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy visits various destinations in an effort to unite communities by engaging councils, schools, hospitals, aged-care homes and racing groups in events to raise funds for local causes.
For the first time in its 17 year history, this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour will be a combination of physical and virtual visits to communities across Australia.
The People’s Cup will visit 27 destinations as part of this year’s exclusively domestic schedule.
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The Queensland town of Gympie celebrated their place in Lexus Melbourne Cup history when Gympie State High School virtually hosted the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour as part of their morning assembly.
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The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep will see 24 rural and regional Cup Tour destinations be allocated a barrier for the Lexus Melbourne Cup. Barriers will be selected at random when the Cup visits towns, under the supervision of the Cup Tour Team. That moment will be recorded and shared by the Melbourne Cup Carnival broadcast partner Network 10. The winning town will receive a cash prize of $50,000 to go towards a chosen charity for a local community initiative. To see full terms & conditions, please click here.
At a time when we need hope to get through the challenging times we are living in, the VRC are celebrating magic of the People’s Cup by reliving some of best moments from the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour’s past 17 years.
We will look back on past highlights, share stories from Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Ambassadors and provide insight into the tales that make the iconic trophy the People’s Cup.
Over the years Lexus have taken the coveted trophy far and wide as part of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. Let's take a look back at some of our favourite moments.
The horse is the most important character in the Lexus Melbourne Cup story and our equine athletes are the heroes of our sport. Let’s look back at some of our favourite horse encounters on tour.
Jimmy “Pumper” Cassidy is one of the most well-known and iconic figures in racing. A champion jockey, Jimmy is one of just three jockeys to have ridden 100 Group 1 winners in Australia.
From the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland, Japan, the United States, Singapore, Dubai and South Korea – the 18 carat gold trophy has journeyed far and wide.
A former track rider for the Cup’s King Bart Cummings for over 30 years Joe has travelled far and wide on tour.
Over the years many furry, scaley, slimy and cute friends have come up close and personal with the Lexus Melbourne Cup - let’s look back at some of the best animal encounters on tour!
One of the most recognised and loved characters in racing, two-time Lexus Melbourne Cup winning jockey John Letts has been part of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour since the very beginning.
The $200,000 Lexus Melbourne Cup has journeyed to some of the most iconic locations across our great nation. Let’s revisit some of the best Cup moments.
Join Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Ambassador and legendary racecaller Greg Miles as we reflect on some of our favourite moments from the past 17 years of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.
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