NQ gold mine to host Melbourne Cup visit
It is only fitting considering that is where the gold used in this year’s trophy was sourced.
Evolution Mining general manager Mount Carlton operations Anton Kruger said he was looking forward to hosting the trophy next month.
“Evolution is very excited that the Lexus Melbourne Cup is visiting its birthplace, our Mount Carlton operation, as well as surrounding Whitsunday and Burdekin communities including Gumlu, Home Hill, Ayr and Bowen,” he said.
“Mount Carlton employs over 180 people from our local region and we look forward to celebrating with them and with our partners who helped craft the iconic three-handled trophy.”
Gold produced at Evolution Mining’s Mt Rawdon gold mine in Queensland was used by ABC Refinery to make the 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup.
After receiving a record breaking number of applications, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) today announced that Townsville, Ayr and Bowen would be among those playing host to the Lexus Melbourne Cup on its 2019 tour.
The North Queensland towns were revealed as tour destinations at a special launch event today at Flemington Racecourse, joining 36 other towns and cities across the globe that will be part of the 17 annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.
The VRC also officially announced the increase in prizemoney for the Lexus Melbourne Cup to $8 million, a record in the 158 year history of Australia’s greatest race.
Townsville Turf Club General Manager Natalie Rintala said being part of the Tour would be an unforgettable experience.
“Townsville is still recovering from the devastating February floods, with racing only resuming in April,” she said.
“We are very excited to host the Lexus Melbourne Cup at our TAB Townsville Cup Calcutta and raceday, and give back to a community that has gone through a lot in recent times.”
This year holds special significance for Australia’s most iconic trophy, with the VRC celebrating 100 years of the renowned three-handled design, first presented to the connections of Artilleryman in 1919.
PICTURE: VRC chair Amanda Elliott with the 2019 Melbourne Cup.