The Bermagui Country Club hosted the legendary Melbourne Cup on Saturday where everyone had a chance to hold the gold trophy that will be awarded to the winner of the great race this November.
The cup also got to go on a trip out on the ocean on a local charter boat for a photo shoot off Camel Rock.
On board and keeping a tight hold of the 3.5-kilogram cup was Joe Agresta, the former track-rider for Bart Cummings and ambassador for this leg of the 2017 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.
The cup then made it to the markets in front of the club where the general public could pose for a photo holding the cup, followed by luncheon inside and then a cocktail party later on Saturday night.
Taking the chance to hold the cup at the markets was Bermagui local John Sebastian Rous, whose grandfather was the Earl of Stradbroke and the Governor of Victoria in the 1920, when his grandmother the Countess was active in the racing community.
Also holding the cup were Jim and Madge Salway of Cobargo, who owned a couple of horses that ran at the original Bega racecourse.
Madge also used to do show riding with local trainer Barbara Joseph of Bombala, who also attended Saturday’s cup luncheon after working her horses at her new stables at the Sapphire Coast racecourse.
Bermagui Country Club vice presidents Bill Beaumont and Roy Davies credited club employee Tracie Linden, who applied to bring the cup to Bermagui.
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