Kangaroo Island wins Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep
The bushfire-ravaged community of Kangaroo Island in South Australia is $100,000 richer today thanks to the Victoria Racing Club’s (VRC) Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep, after Twilight Payment led from start to finish to win the 160th Lexus Melbourne Cup yesterday.
Kangaroo Island drew barrier 12 in the National Sweep to be allocated Twilight Payment and subsequently win the sweep when the Irish galloper crossed the line in first place.
The VRC will donate $50,000 to the Kangaroo Island community for winning the sweep, which will be put towards their nominated charity, the Royal Flying Doctors.
Inspired by this initiative, the ownership group behind Twilight Payment have matched that prize to make the total contribution of $100,000 in recognition of the hardship that the people of Kangaroo Island have faced this year.
Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chairman Amanda Elliott said the club was absolutely delighted to see Kangaroo Island take home $100,000 for their community.
“How fitting for Kangaroo Island to win the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour National Sweep and have $100,000 put towards the Royal Flying Doctors and other community initiatives,” Mrs Elliott said.
“Kangaroo Island has suffered immense hardship this year with the devastating fires and we are overjoyed to see them take home $50,000 from the VRC. To have that so generously matched by the ownership group of Twilight Payment is fantastic.”
Representing all the winning owners of Twilight Payment, Gerry Ryan and Nick Williams said they were delighted to double the donation.
“Kangaroo Island is a beautiful part of Australia that has had a tough year especially through the devastation of the bushfires earlier this year.
We know the island’s residents love their racing so we’re delighted to be able to donate an extra $50,000 from our Lexus Melbourne Cup winnings to the community there.
“The national sweep is such a fantastic initiative from the VRC and we are so thrilled that Twilight Payment’s win can help such a worthy regional community in Kangaroo Island.”
In January this year Kangaroo Island suffered significant damage as a result of bushfires. Kangaroo Island Racing Club successfully submitted to host the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour to boost the spirits of locals after a challenging year.
While the physical Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy was unable to travel to the island due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, two-time Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning jockey and South Australian local John Letts travelled to Kangaroo Island as part of the Tour in early October.
Locals joined Letts at a special Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour event at Kingscote Town Hall, with leading jockey and Kangaroo Island native Dwayne Dunn and legendary race caller Greg Miles also dialling into the event virtually and sharing their racing stories.
Now in its second year, the National Sweep is an exciting initiative which saw 24 rural and regional Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour destinations across Australia allocated a starting gate for ‘the race that stops a nation’™, the 2020 Lexus Melbourne Cup.
The town which drew the barrier of the Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning horse would receive $50,000 to put towards a charity supporting a local community initiative.
Those wishing to express their interest for the 2021 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour can visit the website here for further detail.