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Here's Where You Can Hold The Melbourne Cup In Your Own Hands

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour has just kicked off.

And while it's statistically unlikely that you'll ever ride, own or train a Cup winner, you can still get your hands on the Cup -- or at least, take a good look at it up close, in the name of raising a dollar for charity.

Each year, the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour celebrates the heroes and stories intrinsically linked to the Victoria Racing Club’s 158-year old Lexus Melbourne Cup race and its contribution to the nation's historical and cultural heritage.

The 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy visits various locations both inside and outside Australia, uniting communities and raising funds for local causes. You can read more about the Tour here.

Here's where you can see it:

2018 winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy and trainer Charlie Appleby pose with the 2018 Cup they won with Cross Counter. Image: Getty.
July 3-5, Spreyton, TAS

The Cup will begin its four-month journey when it visits Tasmania in the first leg of the Tour. As part of the Tasmanian Tour, the Cup will visit the stables of trainer Adam Trinder and catch up with him and his champion filly Mystic Journey. The Cup will also visit the school where Adam Trinder's kids go and visit Armidale Stud.

July 9, Perth, WA

Three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Damien Oliver will travel back to his hometown of Perth with the Cup. While in town, Damien will take the Cup to a local hospital and visit children at Riding for the Disabled.

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July 12, Deniliquin NSW

Deniliquin has experienced a challenging year with the drought and zero water allocation. As part of the Cup's visit, they plan to visit Deniliquin Children's Centre, visit a Riding for the Disabled riding demonstration and hold an evening event celebrating the Cup's arrival in town.

Michelle Payne and brother Stevie with the 2015 Melbourne Cup they won with Prince of Penzance. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
July 13, Wakool NSW

During the visit to Wakool, the Cup will appear at the Wakool Pinic in the Park where the community will gather to see the Cup and accompanying ambassador. Family activities and a community BBQ will be organised and the Cup Tour will also be showcased at the "A Night at the Races" Black Tie Ball to help raise funds for the drought-stricken rice farmers of Wakool.

July 14 , Koondrook VIC

The Cup Tour will be welcomed to Koondrook, on the Murray River, by steamboat and greeted by two of their local schools at the Apex Park Koondrook. The Cup Tour will also assist with the unveiling of the Roy Higgins Red Gum statue. The Cup Tour will also visit an aged care home and be hosted at an evening function at a Q&A night.

July 18-22, Alice Springs NT

The Cup will experience a true NT adventure when it travels to Alice Springs. The schedule of events includes attending the Camel Cup, visiting the small Indigenous community of Hermannsburg, visiting a reptile park full of famous NT animals, travel in a hot air balloon, local schools and nursing homes visits and attending the Melbourne vs West Coast AFL game.

July 24, Mt Carlton QLD

The Cup will journey to the Mt Carlton Mine for a special tour. The Mt Carlton Mine is where the gold used in this year's trophy was sourced - the first time the gold used in the trophy will come from this mine

July 25-26, BOWEN & AYR QLD

As an extension of the Cup's visit to the Mt Carlton Mine, the Cup will visit the nearby towns of Bowen and Ayr to engage with the community, including visiting schools and community organisations. The majority of miners who work in the Mt Carlton Mine live in these towns.

July 27, TOWNSVILLE QLD

Townsville Turf Club, the pinnacle of thoroughbred racing in North Queensland lost everything in the January 2019 flood event. The racing industry was brought to a grinding halt and racing only resumed in April. The Cup will visit attend the TAB Townsville Cup -- the biggest day on the racing calendar.

July 30, SYDNEY NSW

Yes, the Cup is visiting that other large Aussie city which is not Melbourne!

The tour will continue until October 27 when it visits the penguins on Phillip Island during MotoGP weekend.

You can see the rest of the Tour here.

Network 10 is the official broadcaster of the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival.