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Emirates Melbourne Cup Tours Hong Kong
Meanwhile, the world's most iconic racing trophy—the $175,000 Emirates Melbourne Cup—has been taking in the sights of Hong Kong and rubbing shoulders with racing royalty on its latest adventure in the lead up to the first Tuesday in November. The iconic Victoria Peak, Avenue of Stars, Symphony of Lights and track work at Sha Tin are amongst the sights the well-travelled 18 carat gold Cup has taken in during the visit, led by VRC Director Michael Ramsden. The world's best jockey, Brazilian João Moreira, described his experience of riding in his first Emirates Melbourne Cup last year when coming face to face with the 2015 trophy at Sha Tin. "The opportunity came up last year to go over, and I got there the best experience in horse racing I've had in my life," Moreira said. The jet setting trophy, which travels internationally on its own passport, was trackside at Happy Valley on Wednesday for an exclusive reception and the running of the Victoria Racing Club Trophy, a race born out of the strategic alliance with the Hong Kong Jockey Club. Hong Kong-based French jockey Gerald Mosse, winner of the historic 150th Melbourne Cup in 2010, was the special guest at the event attended by tourism and racing officials, and prominent horse owners and trainers. The visit forms a part of the VRC's Asian strategy, which saw Melbourne Cup Carnival attendees travelling from Asia increase by 133 per cent in 2014.