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Lexus Melbourne Cup hero Kerrin McEvoy honoured with hometown statue

29 March 2022 Written by VRC

Three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy has been honoured in his hometown of Streaky Bay on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula with a bronze statue in his likeness officially unveiled on the foreshore.

The champion hoop was joined at the unveiling by wife Cathy and parents Phillip and Tracey, with the local community campaigning for more than three years to raise the
$125,000 needed to create the sculpture.

The life-size statue was made by renowned bronze artist Ken Martin, who also designed the famous Makybe Diva statue in Port Lincoln.

The $275,000 2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy also made the journey to Streaky Bay as part of the celebrations. The Cup last visited the South Australian town as part of the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour, where a community event was held to raise funds for the creation of the statue. The event generated $30,000 towards the cost of the project.

Kerrin said it was incredibly special to be back in his hometown for the official unveiling.

“It’s a special feeling, quite a surreal feeling. It’s fantastic, Ken Martin has done an unbelievable job and it’s a very proud moment to have my family with me here today,” Mr McEvoy said.

He also reflected on his three wins in Australia's greatest race.

“As a younzg kid and being a horse racing fanatic… [the Melbourne Cup] just captured my imagination from a very young age. I still pinch myself to think that I have been able to achieve three wins in a Melbourne Cup, a race I dreamt of being a part of. Each year it builds and builds…and I can’t wait to take part hopefully this year in 2022.”

Streaky Bay Racing Club committee member Samantha Kirby said the statue takes pride of place on the foreshore.

“The statue creates a point of interest for both locals and visitors, recognising Kerrin's achievements and his contribution to putting Streaky Bay and country racing on the map,” Ms Kirby said.

“His iconic wins, including three Melbourne Cups, are a cause for celebration and pride in our town and we’re just so delighted he could be here with us to unveil the statue.”

Born and raised in Streaky Bay, Kerrin is one of Australia’s most successful jockeys. His first Melbourne Cup win came in 2000 when he was just 20-years-old, riding Brew to victory and leaving in his wake some formidable competition in the form of Jim Cassidy, Darren Beadman, Damien Oliver, Frankie Dettori and Glen Boss.

In 2016 Kerrin won his second Melbourne Cup when Almandin narrowly defeated Irish raider Heartbreak City to take the 156th Melbourne Cup and two years later he gave England their first success in the Lexus Melbourne Cup, riding Cross Counter to victory to put him one win away from a record-equalling fourth Cup.

His extended family still live in Streaky Bay and have a strong connection to racing, with dad Phillip and uncle Peter both former jockeys. Leading trainer Tony McEvoy is also another uncle.

Applications to host the 2022 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour are now open, with communities across Australia and New Zealand invited to be part of the milestone 20th edition.

Once selected as a tour destination, communities will be supported by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) to plan and host a range of memorable community events during the Cup’s visit which offer the opportunity to raise funds for a specific project and be part of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep.

The national sweep sees the town which draws the barrier of the Cup winning horse presented with a cash prize of $50,000, to be contributed to a nominated local charity.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Steve Rosich said the tour has generated hundreds of thousands of dollars for communities across Australia since its inception in 2003.

“The magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour lies not only in the VRC sharing the iconic three-handled trophy with people all over Australia but in the fundraising opportunities it opens up for communities,” Mr Rosich said.

“In the milestone 20th year of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour I encourage anyone who has ever considered applying for the tour to do so.”

Applications can be made online at MelbourneCupTour.com.au until Wednesday 13 April.

Image caption: Kerrin McEvoy wins the 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup on Cross Counter

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