The Lexus Melbourne Cup on Thursday visited Lindsay Park Racing in Euroa for a special community event celebrating the 25th anniversary of trainer David Hayes’ 1994 Melbourne Cup win with imported galloper Jeune.
The visit to the picturesque stables in the Victoria High Country was part of the 17th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour and saw Hayes unite with Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Ambassador Wayne Harris, who rode the British thoroughbred to victory 25 years ago.
As part of the event, local school children and members of the Euroa community were treated to a special Q&A from the champion trainer and jockey, with both men sharing their memories of the race. Melbourne Cup Carnival Ambassador Tegan Martin also joined the celebrations.
Hayes said it was wonderful to welcome the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup to Lindsay Park and reflect on his Melbourne Cup memories.
“Whenever [people] find out you’re a horse trainer they always ask, have you ever won the Melbourne Cup and that’s what it is, it’s the iconic race of Australia.”
Hayes also spoke about Lindsay Park’s chances for this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup, highlighting the form of Constantinople and Rostropovich.
“Constantinople has really good Cross Counterish form from last year and we’ve got another horse that ran 5th in the Melbourne Cup last year called Rostropovich,” Hayes said.
Euroa is also one of this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep destinations, which will see 24 rural and regional tour destinations across Australia be allocated a barrier for the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup.
Barriers will be drawn at random as part of the Cup’s visit and the town which draws the barrier of the Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning horse will be presented with a cash prize of $50,000 to put towards a charity for a local community initiative.
Local member for Euroa Steph Ryan drew the barrier on behalf of the town and selected barrier 12, a starting gate which has not produce a winner since 1949.
Since its inaugural year in 2003, the Tour has travelled more than 600,000 kilometres and visited more than 450 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations, providing communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup.
Jeune and Wayne Harris winning the 1974 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington, picture Sportpix.com.au