THERE'S a horse racing tradition in Ballarat almost as old as the famed Melbourne Cup itself.
From the days of Walter Craig foretelling Nimblefoot's 1870 win to the Hollywood story of Michelle Payne, Ballarat has long played a part in making the first Tuesday in November a special day in our folklore.
And on October 2 this year, the famed three-handled gold cup will be making its way to Ballarat as part of a 39-stop tour of Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
Throughout its trip to Flemington, the 18-carat gold cup will be visiting schools, hospitals, aged care homes and racing groups helping to raise much needed funds for a number of local causes.
Ballarat is also one of 24 regional destinations allocated a barrier in this year's cup race.
Barriers will be drawn at random throughout the Tour, and the town which draws the barrier of the Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning horse will be presented with $50,000 to be put towards a charity for a local community initiative.
The full itinerary will be announced closer to the date.
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