The 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup arrived in Murray Bridge on the weekend and was displayed around the city.
Murray Bridge, the only stop outside of Adelaide, was part of the fifteenth annual trip around Australia and New Zealand as part of the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.
The city was announced as a Cup Tour destination at an event in May last year. The Cup had previously been displayed in Murray Bridge in 2015.
The iconic $200,000 18-carat gold Cup was showcased around Murray Bridge, at the Resthaven Nursing Home on Sunday morning before visiting the Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital, The Bunyip, Lerwin Nursing home and the Murray Bridge Golf Club.
The Emirates Melbourne Cup was presented to Resthaven Nursing Home residents, giving them the opportunity to take photos with and experience the Cup, as well as hearing from Tour ambassador Joe Agresta.
Mr Agresta was foreman for the 12-time Melbourne Cup-winning Bart Cummings for over 34 years.
During that period he saddled and worked the likes of dual Cox Plate winner So You Think, 1990 Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule, 1991 Melbourne Cup winner Let’s Elope, 1996 Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup winner, 1999 Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh, and 2008 Melbourne Cup winner Viewed.
“The last visited Murray Bridge was about 15 years ago when I came to visit an old friend and trainer, Bruce Noske.
“It is very important for the Cup to come to Murray Bridge and other regional areas so that the people of South Australia get a chance to see the Cup and be part of the festivities,” he said. “It is the people’s cup and everyone should have a chance to see it.”
Two former workmates were reunited through the Cup Tour.
Mr Agresta and Geoff Blackwell both worked for the late Mr Cummings and were reunited on the banks of the River Murray after decades apart.