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Melbourne Cup trophy coming to St Patrick's Tech


St Patrick’s Technical College has been chosen as one of 39 destinations around the world to be part of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour in 2019.

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St Patrick’s Technical College Principal Danny Deptula said the college had tendered to host the Melbourne Cup trophy to create “great enthusiasm and hope in the area”.

The 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy visits various destinations in an effort to unite communities by engaging councils, schools, hospitals, aged-care homes and racing groups in events to raise funds for local causes.

Mr Deptula said the event fitted well with the college’s commitment to have a positive impact on the social, economic and environmental well-being of young people and the wider community in the northern Adelaide region.

“The college actually has a link with the Melbourne Cup, our founding staff member Terry Neville’s uncle is Ray Neville, who rode Rimfire to victory in the 1948 Melbourne Cup,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“Further to that, our college is a strong advocate for VET pathways and the racing industry is a prime example of how careers through VET can bring great satisfaction and success.

“We are absolutely delighted to be chosen for this great honour of hosting the Cup.”

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour was launched by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) last month and involves the Cup visiting six countries including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, China and the United Kingdom.

VRC chair Amanda Elliott said this year’s tour holds special significance for Australia’s most iconic trophy.

“Since the Tour began in 2003, we have delighted in bringing communities together in the shared history and magic of the Melbourne Cup,’’ Mrs Elliott said.

“This year is especially significant, with 2019 marking the 100th anniversary of the three-handled Melbourne Cup trophy design.’’

The tour starts in Hobart on July 3 with the Cup coming to St Patrick’s Technical College on September 25, when industry and community members will come together for the occasion.

St Patrick’s is South Australia’s only stand-alone Year 11 and 12 vocational education and training (VET) college.


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