Melbourne Cup and top trainer 'sail' into Goondiwindi

The Cup.

The Cup.

Every sport produces a pinnacle event.

For the cricket tragic, it is an Ashes series, for Aussie Rules fans, it is September and the final at MCG, in Rugby League it is the Sydney Grand Final and undoubtedly in thoroughbred racing, it is the first Tuesday in November for the Melbourne Cup.

It is the only sporting event that stops the whole nation.

This year, the town of Goondiwindi has been lucky enough to be awarded a visit of the Lexus Melbourne Cup on its journey to Flemington.

 Thursday September 20, people of Goondiwindi will have their day to actually see the Lexus Melbourne Cup on their home soil.

An extensive program has been prepared commencing with a street stall outside of Bishops followed by visits to Kaloma, three schools and four hotels before an official arrival at the new pontoon at the boat ramp at 5.30pm.

From the boat ramp, the Cup will be escorted to a special Drought Relief Dinner at O’Sheas Royal Hotel.

This dinner will be something to remember with interviews with Queensland Premier trainer Tony Gollan and 1987 Melbourne Cup and Gunsynd’s former jockey in Larry Olsen.

Tickets for the dinner are available at and are $50 per seat which includes the dinner and welcome drink. The Goondiwindi Race Club is seeking your support for this one off occasion and would love to see as many people as possible support this wonderful event.

The Race Club is also conducting a raffle with probably the last reserved seat to see Winx’s assault on her forth Cox Plate which will be drawn at the dinner.

Main Raffle is:

1st prize: Trip for one to Cox Plate including flights and accommodation $1300.

2nd prize: Therapedic queen size Chiropractic Mattress.$1200.

3rd prize:  Engle MT 35 12V Fridge.$1100.

Lucky Door prize for all people attending the dinner :

Klaus Reclining chair value $900.

Tables of 10 available at $50 per head.


8.45 am Bishops newsagency, Central Goondi (owners father was an owner of champion racehorse Gunsynd placed 3rd Melbourne Cup 1972)

10.00 am Kaloma home for the aged morning tea.

11.00 am Goondiwindi State School

11.30 am St Marys School

12.30 lunch and display at Railway Hotel

1.40 pm Goondiwindi High School

4.00 pm Queensland Hotel

4.45 pm Victoria Hotel

5.30 pm Official welcome by Mayor of Goondiwindi at Goondiwindi River Pontoon where the Cup will arrive by boat.

6.10 pm Transfer to Royal Hotel Macintyre Function Room for evening Function. Guest speaker is Qld’s leading trainer for last 3 years Tony Gollan. Supported by Goondiwindi Mayor Graeme Scheu, Goondiwindi Race Club President Geoff Makim and the Lexus Melbourne Cup Ambassadore.

Enquiries: Maurice Hayes 0428 987522