Bridled tour for Melbourne Cup

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 28 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 28 September, 2005, 12:00am

Last weekend soccer's FA Cup was on show in Hong Kong, impressing local sports fans. This week the legendary Melbourne Cup arrives to drum up local interest among fans of horse racing.

The 18-carat, $460,000 solid-gold trophy is the prize for the richest handicap horse race in the world, Australia's premier sporting event. And with the carnival of events and parties leading up to the 144-year-old race each November, the 3,200-metre race is for more than just punters.

'Over the four-day carnival, over 370,000 visitors flock to the Flemington Racecourse,' says organiser Sue Lloyd-Williams, deputy CEO of the Victoria Racing Club who is travelling with the cup.

The trophy - a new one is made each year for the winner - will be in Hong Kong until the end of the week.

Daftly though, it will be displayed only at private functions, so sorry Joe Public.