On Father’s Day, we had a truly unforgettable experience as we welcomed the Lexus Melbourne Cup, the AITC being one of the 41 destinations during the Australasian tour.

The day was filled with excitement, inspiration, and, of course, the undeniable beauty of the equine world.

Keeper of the Cup, Joe McGrath from Victoria Racing Club proudly presented the coveted trophy, which he explained is worth a whopping $600,000 and took 250 hours to create using 1.65kg of 18 carat gold, mined in Orange, New South Wales.

We heard from one of our Equine Academy students, Asha, who had the privilege of sharing her incredible journey and passion for horses, and her career goals of becoming a Jockey (and who knows, maybe winning a Melbourne Cup or two along the way!). We also heard from Wendy Green, Melbourne Cup winning owner and part-time schoolteacher, who’s horse, Rogan Josh, won the Cup in 1999. An incredible story from a passionate woman.

We were honoured to have the Lexus Melbourne Cup grace our school, reminding us of the rich history and thrilling moments this iconic event has brought to Australia. Thank you to all who joined us on this special occasion, and a big shoutout to Ash for her outstanding contribution. Here’s to a future filled with more remarkable moments and equine excellence.

Cup destinations for 2023 tour

Victoria – Melbourne, Port Fairy/Koroit, Ballarat, Macedon, Bendigo, Boort, Nagambie, Queenscliff
New South Wales – Sydney, Hillston, Maitland, Coffs Coast, Orange
South Australia – Adelaide, Balaklava, Port Augusta, Quorn, Kangaroo Island
Western Australia – Perth, Pinjarra, Broome
Australian Capital Territory – Canberra
Queensland – Brisbane, Gold Coast, Boulia, Thargomindah, Cunnamulla, Cairns, Mount Isa
Tasmania – Launceston, Deloraine 
Northern Territory – Darwin 
International – York (UK), Cambridge (NZ), Auckland (NZ), London (UK) Hong Kong (HK), Tokyo (JA), Hokkaido (JA), Country Kildare (IRE), Deauville (FRA) .

The Cup has a busy schedule with its final destination at Flemington Racecourse on November 7th.