MURWILLUMBAH was an "extremely" proud host of the Melbourne Cup today, when the horse racing icon visited the town as part of a nation-wide tour organised by the Victorian Racing Club to promote the Emirates Melbourne Cup.
The champagne was flowing, as residents crowded around the cup on Main St, and took turns to glove-up, and hold the 18-carat gold stunner, weighing 4-kilos.
Jockey John Marshall, who won the 1999 Melbourne Cup riding Rogan Josh, said he enjoys touring the cup because of its nostalgic value.
"I love being on the tour because It brings back all the lovely memories from when I won the cup under Bart Cummings," Mr Marshall said.
The Mayor of Tweed councillor Barry Longland said it was a memorable day.
"Tweed Shire is an extremely proud host of the Emirates World Cup," Cr Longland said.
"People will never forget the day they got to see this famous gold cup in their own town."
He said the visit was a "wonderful opportunity to turn the spotlight on the Tweed's own wonderful facilitates".
"The Tweed Jockey Club and our beautiful racecourse at Murwillumbah are jewels in our community and valuable economic drivers, bringing plenty of people and activity to the Tweed," Cr Longland said.
The Emirates Melbourne Cup, accompanied with its own security guard, was also displayed at the Tweed Heads Hospital and at a cocktail party at Salt, Kingscliff.
The visit was tied in with the Tweed Valley Banana Festival, which will be held over the weekend.
For more details about the festival pick up a copy of this weekend's Tweed Daily News.