Signed by its raceday jockey and authenticated by the Chief Executive Officer of the VRC, the saddlecloths are a fantastic way to own a piece of sporting history.
A signed Melbourne Cup Carnival saddlecloth is a unique piece of sporting memorabilia and reminder of a phenomenal race, rider and horse. Every year the VRC auctions off the saddlecloths used in the Melbourne Cup Carnival in an online auction that is highly anticipated by racing enthusiasts.
Signed by its raceday jockey and authenticated by the Chief Executive Officer of the VRC, the saddlecloths are a fantastic way to own a piece of sporting history. Bidders may be vying for the winner of a great race such as the Melbourne Cup to proudly display a part of Australia’s cultural heritage on their walls, or they may have been involved with a horse in one of the races across the Carnival and simply want to be reminded of that incredible moment.
Bids are always competitive on this unique memorabilia, and have ranged from $100 up to $14,100, which was paid for the saddlecloth worn by Prince of Penzance and signed by jockey Michelle Payne following her incredible record-breaking victory in the 2015 Melbourne Cup.
By purchasing a saddlecloth, racing enthusiasts and collectors not only have the honour of owning a piece of history, but can feel proud that proceeds raised from sales are donated to a great cause in the National Jockeys Trust.
Australian jockeys are elite athletes who are aware of the dangers of their profession each time they compete in a race. Although safety is paramount in racing, accidents resulting in serious injuries and sometimes death can occur. As a result, some jockeys and their families can be plunged into financial hardship. The National Jockeys Trust aims to relieve this burden on the jockey community by raising funds to assist with recovery and to provide stability. The non-profit charitable organisation organises events, sells memorabilia in its online shop and relies on donations to raise this much-needed money.
The VRC is a proud supporter of the National Jockeys Trust, donating a sum of $55,435.94 in January 2018, which included among other things the proceeds of Winx merchandise and Winx’s winning saddlecloth auction from the 2017 Seppelt Turnbull Stakes, which came to a total of $11,300.
It is hoped that the 2018 saddlecloth auctions contribute to raising similar fantastic results for a very worthy cause in our racing community, and we encourage you to give generously for a great reward.
To bid for an original signed saddlecloth from the 2018 Melbourne Cup Carnival, register to own your own piece of sporting history.