VRC MEDIA RELEASE -Racing legend John Letts to join Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour in Mount Perry

Sep 7, 2018 | Front Page Feature, News

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) today announced two-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey John Letts will visit Mount Perry this month as part of the 16th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.

An Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee, Letts secured an impressive two Melbourne Cup wins during his illustrious career. The first was atop Tasmanian thoroughbred Piping Lane in 1973 and then again on Beldale Ball in 1989.

A born showman loved by the racing industry and wider community alike, Letts rode more than 2,350 winners before his retirement in 1988.

While in Mount Perry, Letts will take part in a series of community events as well as visit the local Mount Rawdon Mine, where the gold used in this year’s trophy was sourced.

VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said he is delighted to have Letts involved in this year’s Tour.

“Each year, the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour celebrates the heroes and stories intrinsically linked to the 158-year old Lexus Melbourne Cup race,” Mr Wilson said.

“John Letts is an iconic figure in Australian racing and the Louth community can look forward to him sharing his unique Melbourne Cup stories while on Tour.”

Selected for their passion for racing and community spirit Mount Perry will host the $200,000 trophy on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th September.

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour commenced its journey in the United Kingdom and Ireland in July and will travel to a record 37 destinations across the globe, before returning to Flemington for ‘the race that stops a nation’™ on the first Tuesday in November.

Since its inaugural year in 2003, the Tour has travelled more than half a million kilometres and visited more than 400 regional, rural and metropolitan destinations, providing communities with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the magic of the Lexus Melbourne Cup.

For further information see the Victoria Racing Club Media Release here.

Media Release courtesy of the Victoria Racing Club.

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