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Police horses to head Melbourne Cup parade

Two mounted police horses and a four person buggy will head a Main Street parade when the Emirates Melbourne Cup comes to West Wyalong next week.

West Wyalong was chosen as one of just 33 destinations across Australia and New Zealand to host the 2016 Emirate Melbourne Cup Tour and Bland Shire Council has a full day and evening of community focused activities planned to celebrate.

Members of the public are encouraged to line the Main Street at 9.30am on Thursday 14 July when the Melbourne Cup Street parade departs from the Tattersall’s Hotel corner towards West Wyalong’s picturesque McCann Park.

The gold for the $175,000 Melbourne Cup trophy was poured at Evolution’s Cowal gold mine and members of the public will get their first opportunity to take a look at a free community breakfast in McCann Park between 8am and 9.15am.

The crowd and special guests will be welcomed by Bland Shire Mayor, Neil Pokoney before Bland Shire Town Crier Kyle Sturgess steps forward to declare the arrival of the Cup in West Wyalong.

Victorian Racing Club representative Joe McGrath will talk about the Melbourne Cup and its significance to Australia before introducing Cup winning jockey John Marshall to talk about his Cup experiences.

Mr Marshall famously won the 1999 Melbourne Cup on board the Bart Cummings trained Rogan Josh in one of the great racing stories of his generation. He will also speak at a private function at Waratah Village  later in the morning and at a fashions on the field and cocktail event at the West Wyalong Services and Citizens Club that night.

The free community breakfast will also provide members of the community and community groups the opportunity to have their photographs taken with the Cup.

After the parade, the trophy will visit Waratah Village for a private function for residents and their families before heading out to private events at GrainCorp, the Cowal Gold Mine and Riding for the Disabled before appearing at an open public event at the Bland Shire library at 3.10pm with author Gerard Leahy – whose father J.J. Leahy finished second in the Cup twice.

A glitzy evening function at the S&C Club at 7pm will bring a spectacular and glamorous end to proceedings with tickets available from Bland Shire Council and Pink Velvet for $20 per person