Melbourne Cup trophy visits racing fans at Yeoval, NSW

Special visit: Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Greg Hall with the trophy at Yeoval Public School. Photo: Supplied.
Special visit: Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Greg Hall with the trophy at Yeoval Public School. Photo: Supplied.

Residents of Yeoval experienced the magic of the Melbourne Cup on Monday when the coveted trophy visited the town as part of the 17th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.

Accompanied by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Greg Hall, the iconic trophy engaged in a number of community activities while in town.

The tour also included a visit to the 'Banjo Paterson... More than a Poet Museum', where local school children and community members gathered to celebrate the Cup's arrival into town.

The Yeoval Central School Choir sang a special rendition of Waltzing Matilda as part of the celebrations.

The Cup then travelled to Yeoval Public School for a special school assembly where Hall shared his Melbourne Cup memories with students.

Greg Hall at Yeoval on Monday. Photo: Supplied.

Greg Hall at Yeoval on Monday. Photo: Supplied.

Following the school visit the Cup headed back to the Banjo Paterson Museum for a community celebration, with a number of local businesses setting up stalls for the occasion.

Locals also had the chance to have their photo taken with the $200,000 trophy during the free public event.

Banjo Paterson.... More than a Poet Museum Curator Alf Cantrell had the honour of selecting the barrier and drew barrier 17, with German stayer Almandin the most recent Melbourne Cup winner to jump from barrier 17 in 2016.

Cantrell said it was fantastic to host the Cup in Yeoval and the whole community were thrilled to be involved in this year's Tour.

"Everyone was excited to see it, everyone wanted their photograph taken with it. The whole day is what I consider to be a wonderful success," he said.

"We had visitors not only from Yeoval but from all the outlying towns, some as far away as Sydney."

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