Each year, the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour celebrates the heroes and stories intrinsically linked to the Victoria Racing Club’s 160-year old Melbourne Cup race and its contribution to the nation's historical and cultural heritage.
The 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy visits various destinations in an effort to unite communities by engaging councils, schools, hospitals, aged-care homes and racing groups in events to raise funds for local causes.
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2021 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour
National Sweep Winner - Bendigo and Fosterville, VIC
Bendigo and Fosterville combined forces as a Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour destination and drew barrier 19 to be allocated the Chris Waller trained Verry Elleegant and subsequently win the sweep.
The $50,000 will go towards Sunshine Bendigo, a not-for-profit community organisation helping families with young children in the Bendigo and Central Victoria area who are experiencing challenging times.
Kirkland Lake Gold’s General Manager of Fosterville Gold Mine, Lance Faulkner said the communities were over the moon with the result.
|3 - 4 July||Port Augusta, SA|
|6 July||Adelaide, SA|
|10 July||Melbourne, VIC|
|13 July||Coleraine, VIC|
|15 July||Kaniva, VIC|
|22 July||Melbourne, VIC|
|24 July||Nagambie, VIC|
|27 July||Taree, NSW|
|29 July||Muswellbrook, NSW|
|1 - 2 August||Darwin, NT|
|4 August||Kalgoorlie, WA|
|6 - 7 August||Gold Coast, QLD|
|13 - 14 August||Broome, WA|
|18 August||Jennacubbine, WA|
|19 August||Perth, WA|
|21 August||Newman (The Pilbara), WA|
|23 - 25 August||Apollo Bay, VIC|
|28 - 29 August||Sapphire Coast, NSW|
|30 - 31 August||Sydney, NSW|
|1 - 2 September||Sydney, NSW|
|5 September||Melbourne, VIC|
|7 - 8 September||Melbourne, VIC|
|9 - 11 September||Cairns, QLD|
|14 - 15 September||Richmond, QLD|
|17 September||Melbourne, VIC|
|20 September||Bendigo/Fosterville, VIC|
|27 September||Warra, QLD|
|29 September||Warwick, QLD|
|30 September||Brisbane, QLD|
|1 October||Brisbane, QLD|
|2 October||Melbourne, VIC|
|3 - 4 October||Noosa, QLD|
|5 October||Kandanga, QLD|
|6 October||Gayndah, QLD|
|8 - 10 October||Melbourne, VIC|
|12 October||Merbein (Mildura), VIC|
|14 October||Kerang, VIC|
|15 - 16 October||Melbourne, VIC|
|18 October||Longford, TAS|
|20 - 22 October||Melbourne, VIC|
|25 - 31 October||Melbourne, VIC|
|1 November||Melbourne, VIC|
|2 November||Lexus Melbourne Cup Day, VIC|
$50,000 Community Sweep
The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep will see 24 rural and regional tour destinations across Australia be allocated a barrier for the 2021 Lexus Melbourne Cup.
The town that 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. Barriers for the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep will be drawn in October.
Reflecting on the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour
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Over the years Lexus have taken the coveted trophy far and wide as part of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour. Let's take a look back at some of our favourite moments.