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Melbourne Cup tour timetable has expanded

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

More events have been added to the Melbourne Cup tour, which visits Deniliquin today.

The $200,000, 18-carat gold cup will be accompanied by 2001 Melbourne Cup winning trainer Sheila Laxon.

She will also go with the cup when it visits Wakool tomorrow and Koondrook on Sunday.

Today’s Deniliquin tour schedule is as follows:

●9.30am to 10.15am – ‘Show & Tell’ at the Deniliquin Children’s Centre.

●10.30am to 12pm – Morning tea and bush poetry at Orana Residential Aged Care.

●12.30pm to 2.30pm – Riding for the Disabled barbecue lunch and riding demonstration.

●3pm to 4pm – Public showing and Q&A session at Deniliquin Library.

●5.30pm – Historical Connections reception (invite only event).

The cup tour will also stop for an iconic photo at the Deniliquin Ute Muster gates before its public showing at the library.

On Saturday the Cup will travel to Wakool, where it will attend a picnic in the park event featuring Melbourne Cup themed activities.

That night the cup and Laxon will attend races themed dinner at Wakool Memorial Hall.

On Sunday the iconic trophy will journey to Koondrook and Barham, where it will start the day visiting residents at Murray Haven Aged Care before travelling on board a paddle boat down the Murray River to Apex Park for a community gathering.

The community event will feature family entertainment, food stalls, photo opportunities with the trophy and the unveiling of the new red gum statue of jockey Roy Higgins.

As stops on the cup tour, Deniliquin, Wakool and Koondrook are also eligible for the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep.

Twenty-four of the regional destinations visited will be allocated a barrier on cup day, drawn at random.

The town which draws the barrier of the Melbourne Cup winning horse will be presented with a cash prize of $50,000 to put towards a charity for a local community initiative.