VRC Media Release
Townsville, Ary and Bower to Host the 17th Annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour
After receiving a record breaking number of applications, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) today announced that Townsville, Ayr and Bowen will join racing history when they play host to the iconic 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup in 2019.
The Queensland towns were revealed as Tour destinations at a special launch event on 11th June at Flemington Racecourse, joining 36 other towns and cities across the globe that will be part of the 17th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.
The VRC also officially announced the increase in prize money for the Lexus Melbourne Cup to $8million, a record in the 158 year history of Australia's greatest race.
Townsville Turf Club General Manager Natalie Rintala said being part of the tour will be an unforgettable experience. "Townsville is still recovering from the devastating February floods, with racing only resuming in April"
"We are very excited to host the Lexus Melbourne Cup at our TAB Townsville Cup Calcutta and raceday, and give back to a community that has gone through a lot in recent times," Ms Rintala said.