Residents go giddy up as Melbourne Cup makes its way to town

Subzero and the Melbourne Cup

Just weeks before the excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival devours Victoria, the iconic Melbourne Cup, a champion horse and jockey stopped in for a visit at Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged. The 1 September visit was part of the 2014 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour, which includes 34 destinations across Australian and New Zealand, running all the way

To the joy of residents and staff, the cup was accompanied by 1992 Melbourne Cup champion Subzero and 1976 winning jockey Bob Skelton . Mercy Health Bethlehem Home for the Aged Lifestyle Coordinator Jennifer Waters said the residents were "absolutely thrilled" by the event, savouring every moment they could with the horse, trophey and former jockey.

"They loved it,'' Ms Waters said. "The cup is such a huge part of our country's history and some of our residents can still remember some of the races from the when they were children."

Ms Waters said she was certain the visit would add even more excitement to watching this year's race.

"I think seeing the cup up close has changed the way we see the race and add more meaning to it,'' she said.

For more information on the tour go to melbournecup.com/racing/melbourne-cup-tour/

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