The trophy and one of its most-loved winenrs draw the crowds.By Chalpat Sonti
The 2013 Melbourne Cup, all going to plan, might be spending a lot more time in our region in future if Gerry Ryan’s Puissance De Lune lives up to his billing and captures the trophy on the first Tuesday in November, but we got a sneak preview of it anyway at the weekend.
What turned out to be a big fundraising weekend started at St Joseph’s School in Nagambie on Friday, where locals got up close and personal with everyone’s favourite Cup winner, Subzero. The action then turned to Avenel on saturday.
Firstly ‘‘Subbie’’ returned to the Imperial Hotel, scene of a famous visit days after he won the 1992 Cup. There was also the first opportunity to see the 2013 version and the opportunity to hear some of the many stories of Wendy Green, the owner of 1999 winner Rogan Josh.
The entourage then made their way to Avenel Primary School for more entertainment — the ‘‘Avenel Cup’’ and a fashion parade were among the extras, before a stopover at Nagambie HealthCare.
Then it was on to Mitchelton Winery on Saturday night, where about 170 people — including many of the region’s thoroughbred breeding movers and shakers — enjoyed a gala evening with the likes of Victoria Racing Club vice-chairwoman Amanda Elliott, Mrs Green and husband Robert and Susan Renouf, who spoke on the history of the 1980 Cup won by then-husband Robert Sangster’s Beldale Ball.
It was topped off with a charity auction. The results aren’t yet in, but it was likely to provide another bonanza for the two major beneficiaries — the Nagambie Presbytery restoration and Nagambie Breast Cancer Support Group.
The Cup stayed in the region one more day when it went to Swettenham Stud the next morning, with Premier Denis Napthine in attendance.
Subzero had St Joseph's and Nagambie Primary School children in howls of laughter on Friday, especially wehn he nodded his head when asked "Do you have a girlfriend?"
Subzero recreated his famous 1992 visit to Avenel's Imperial Hotel, while the 2013 Cup also made its appearance, firmly in the grip, as always, of the white-gloved security guard.
"Wendy in Wonderland" was what Bart Cummings called Wendy Green, and the owner of 1999 Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh had plenty of stories to tell various audiences at the weekend, including this captive lot at Avenel Primary School.
Keith Hollands and his daughter admire the five Melbourne Cups on display at Mitchelton Winery on Saturday night. They are 1995 (Doriemus), 2010 (Americain), 2013, 1980 (Beldale Ball), 1989 (Tawriffic).
Judy Dahlke of Nagambie gets a handle on the 2013 Melbourne Cup with friend Joy Potts of Melbourne.
Mitchelton Winery manager John Beresford in full flight, with Wood Nook Farm owner and Moonee Valley Racing Club chairman Bob Scarborough.
Victoria Racing Club vice-chairwoman Amanda Elliott honours the "dynamic duo" - fundraiser organisers Chrissy Beresford and Sissy Hoskin.
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Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
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