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Melbourne Cup to Tour Bass Coast


The 2013 Melbourne Cup will be visiting Bass Coast for two days as part of the Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.

Bass Coast Shire will host the Cup in Wonthaggi on Wednesday, 23 October and Phillip Island on Thursday, 24 October.

Council’s Events Coordinator, Frank Angarane, said the area had a strong local connection to the race, with Phillip Island bred and trained horse, Woolomai, winning the 1875 Cup.

“Wollomai was owned by John Cleeland, one of Phillip Island’s earliest settlers and was stabled at the family homestead at Cape Woolamai,” Mr Angarane said.

“Descendants of John Cleeland are still very much a part of the Phillip Island community and will host a function with the Cup at the original Cleeland Cape Woolamai homestead on Thursday, 24 October. This event will be open to the public.”

Whilst in Wonthaggi on Wednesday, 23 October, the Cup will visit the State Coal Mine and the public are invited to attend.

“While in Bass Coast the Cup will also visit Inverloch Primary School, St Joseph’s Primary School and Rose Lodge in Wonthaggi and Griffiths Point Lodge at San Remo,” Mr Angarane said.

“A main objective of the Cup is to generate interest in the event but also to involve local communities.”

Since 2003 the Victoria Racing Club has given communities the opportunity to host the Melbourne Cup as it tours Australia and New Zealand. The Cup previously toured the Shire in 2005.

For more information about community functions, please contact Frank Angarane on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).