Emirates Melbourne Cup bound for Barossa

The Barossa has been successful in its bid to host the $175,000, 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy as part of the 13th annual Tour.

The 'People's Cup' will travel to 33 towns and cities across Australia, New Zealand and for the first time, Malaysia.

The 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will visit Angaston on October 11-12 as part of the South Australian leg of the Tour, providing the local community the chance to get up close and personal with the famous trophy. 

It will then continue its 118 day journey before returning to Melbourne for the ‘race that stops a nation’™ on the first Tuesday in November.

"The Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will showcase Barossa's cultural connection to the Cup and build community engagement in a town that is passionate about racing," said Kirsty Hage, Manager of Community and Culture at The Barossa Council.

Victorian Racing Club Chairman, Mr Michael Burn, said the Tour brings communities together in celebration of the coveted trophy and the rich 154-year history of the Melbourne Cup. 

“The Tour began in 2003 out of a desire to share the history and magic of the Melbourne Cup with communities around Australia as well as share some of the personal stories behind our great race,” Mr Burn said, “We’re thrilled to take that experience to many new locations and introduce the Cup to people who may never have the chance to visit Flemington.”

Since it began, the Tour has travelled more than 416,000 kilometres, visited more than 300 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations and hundreds of thousands of people have had the chance to hold the treasured trophy.

This year the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour will also be encouraging communities to upload photos with the Cup to the VRC’s social media platforms for the chance to win a trip for two to Flemington to join over 100,000 racegoers and witness the excitement and thrill of the Emirates Melbourne Cup. Competition entries must be tagged with #PeoplesCup and #EmiratesMelbourneCup to be valid.