Champion jockey bound for Angaston

As the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour prepares to head to South Australia, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has announced that champion jockey Michael Clarke will join the celebrations on this leg of the Tour.

Clarke, who partnered with Australian trainer Colin Hayes to ride At Talaq to victory in the 1986 Melbourne Cup, will appear with this year’s trophy at Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday 10 October.

While in SA, Clarke will also visit the iconic town of Angaston for a community event at the Angaston Memorial Park on Sunday 11 October and attend a meet and greet with residents at Tanunda Lutheran Home aged care facility on Monday 12 October.

A racing legend, Clarke was the first of just two jockeys to have won the Victorian Metropolitan Jockey Premiership title four consecutive times. Clarke went on to enjoy a celebrated career in the racing industry, winning notable titles including the 1990 Japan Cup on Better Loosen Up.

VRC Chief Executive Simon Love said Michael Clarke was a welcome addition to this leg of the Tour.

“Michael is one of the true greats of Australian racing. His success in the industry over the past 30 years is testament to his passion and enthusiasm for the sport.

“We’re thrilled to have Michael join the Tour to share his stories with local community members and join the celebrations,” Mr Love said.

The $175,000, 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy commenced its Tour in July and will travel to 33 towns and cities across Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.

For details about the Angaston celebrations click here