The final field for the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep has been locked
in, following the official barrier draw at Flemington Racecourse today.
The barrier draw saw 24 rural and regional Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour destinations allocated a barrier for this year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup.
The town that draws the barrier of the eventual Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning horse
will be presented with a cash prize of $50,000 to put towards a registered charity for
a local community initiative. Representatives from each of the 24 destinations dialled in virtually to select their
barrier, with Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chairman Amanda Elliott assisting in the proceedings. Moruya/Bateman’s Bay The Surf Life Saving Foundation drew Barrier 5 which will be run by The Chosen One and Malua Bay Relief via the Surf Life Saving Foundation drew Barrier 22 which will be run by Etah James
Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Ambassador and former foreman for the Cup’s King Bart
Cummings, Joe Agresta, was also on hand as part of the event, selecting the barriers
on the town’s behalf.
Residents of Kyabram in regional Victoria were left cheering when they drew barrier
11, the most successful barrier in Cup history with eight winners so far.
Despite not having produced a winner, Marlo in East Gippsland will be hoping for the
best on Lexus Melbourne Cup Day after drawing barrier 18.
Gympie in Queensland selected barrier 14 and will be hoping last year’s champion
Vow And Declare draws their barrier at the Lexus Melbourne Cup barrier draw on
Saturday evening, with a number of owners of last year’s winner residing in the
The only West Australian destination Busselton drew the widest gate, selecting
barrier number 24.
Destinations will be eagerly awaiting this Saturday’s Lexus Melbourne Cup Barrier
Draw following the conclusion of AAMI Victoria Derby Day to see which horse will
compete for their town.
Bunyip in regional Victoria took home the $50,000 donation last year when Vow And
Declare stormed home to win the Lexus Melbourne Cup from barrier 21. The winnings
were put towards several community initiatives including assisting with the rebuild of
community facilities following the Bunyip State Park fires in March 2019.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 31
October, continues with Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 3 November, Kennedy
Oaks Day on Thursday 5 November and concludes with Seppelt Wines Stakes Day
on Saturday 7 November.
Network 10 is the exclusive broadcast partner of the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival
with all races live and free on 10 and streamed on 10 Play.