Bass Coast,

Come And See The 2013 Melbourne Cup


The 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup tour of Bass Coast will be a chance to get up close and personal with a piece of history.

The Cup will be at various locations in Bass Coast on Wednesday, 23 October and Thursday, 24 October as part of the official tour.

The Cup will start the tour with a visit to Inverloch and St Joseph’s Primary Schools on Wednesday morning, followed by a luncheon at the State Coal Mine.

“At 1.00pm the Cup will be taken into the mine and members of the public will have the opportunity to join the Cup underground,” Council’s Events Coordinator, Frank Angarane, said.

“From 2.00pm until 3.00pm the Cup will be taken to the Mine’s Visitors’ Centre where the public will have another opportunity to view the Cup.”

Mr Angarane said Manager of the State Coal Mine complex, Braxton Laine, will welcome guests and Victoria Racing Club representatives.

“Victoria Racing Club representatives will give an address about the Cup and guest speaker, Mike Cleeland, will give a brief history of local cup winner Wollomai, which was owned and trained by his grandfather at Phillip Island,” Mr Angarane said.

“Mr Cleeland will also do a phantom race call including past winners.”

Tea and coffee, together with a light afternoon tea, will be provided at the event.

“Photos will be taken at the mine with Cobber the Pit Pony, who was born in 1973 – the year the only Indigenous Australian jockey, Frank Reys, won the Melbourne Cup,” Mr Angarane said.

“From there, the Cup will visit Rose Lodge in Wonthaggi, where it will be part of a day filled with Melbourne Cup activities for the residents.”

On Thursday morning, the Cup will visit Griffiths Point Lodge in San Remo and again be part of activities for residents. The Cup will then travel to the former Cleeland family homestead at Cape Woolamai, where the public is welcome to view the Cup between 12.00pm and 2.30pm.

For more information on the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour of Bass Coast, contact Frank Angarane on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).