Wednesday October 2, 2013
Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa, proudly announced that today was an historic milestone for Fernhill Estate. This morning Fernhill Estate played host to the 2013 Emirates Melbourne Cup as part of the Cup’s national tour.
On the magnificent grounds of the historic Fernhill Estate, the Penrith Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Penrith CBD Corporation with the owners of Fernhill Estate, Simon and Brenda Tripp, hosted a 2013 Melbourne Cup breakfast for local business owners and community members.
“There are only 34 sites within Australia that have the privilege of hosting the 2013 Melbourne Cup in the lead up to ‘the race that stops a nation’ and Fernhill Estate was one of these sites” Tanya Davies said.
“This rare opportunity to host the 2013 Melbourne Cup is testament to not only the strong Melbourne Cup connection that Fernhill Estate holds, but also to the modern vision that new owners, Simon and Brenda Tripp hold for Fernhill”
Two Melbourne Cup winners were bred from the Fernhill Estate – Chester (1877) and Grand Flaneur (1880).
“The 2013 Melbourne Cup will parade through the Paceway Markets; be on display at the Paceway Sky Lounge and in Memory Park and conclude its Mulgoa tour back at Fernhill Estate for a charity dinner”.
Today’s historic event with the 2013 Melbourne Cup would not have occurred without the vision that Simon and Brenda Tripp hold for Fernhill to see this historic Estate opened up for the enjoyment of the wider community.
In conjunction with today’s hosting of the 2013 Melbourne Cup, the Hon. George Souris, Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality and Racing and Minister for the Arts announced today the granting of a racing licence to host a Picnic Race Day on 9 November 2013 as part of the Melbourne Cup celebrations.
“I encourage the community to experience the Picnic Race Day. There will be a six race program, prizes for the best dressed racegoers, free kids activities, a wide range of local and international cuisine, live entertainment and all the action from Flemington live on the big screen” Tanya Davies said.