Balaklava is home to the time-honoured Balaklava Cup, South Australia's largest annual provincial race meet. The racing industry is a significant local economic generator for the community and its volunteer groups.

Friday 7 July

What happened in Balaklava

The coveted trophy visited Wakefield Regional Council on July 7, with dual Melbourne Cup-winning jockey and 2023 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Ambassador John Letts accompanying the Cup on its journey.

The People’s Cup began its tour of Wakefield council at Walara Aged Care in Hamley Bridge, where lucky residents listened to Letts as he shared his favourite Melbourne Cup memories.

The Cup then continued its journey to Balaklava where it made two special visits to students at Balaklava Primary School and Balaklava High School.

After lunch, the Cup visited Walara Aged Care for an afternoon tea with residents before finishing the trip with an evening dinner event hosted by the Balaklava Racing Club.

Guests were treated to a three-course meal, with Letts’ guest speaker role canvassing both his multiple Melbourne Cup and Balaklava Cup victories.

Balaklava is a part of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep, which sees 24 rural and regional Cup Tour destinations across Australia allocated a barrier for the 2023 Lexus Melbourne Cup.

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