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Melbourne Cup Visits Dermot Weld
The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour has continued its journey around the United Kingdom and Ireland with the iconic trophy visiting Dermot Weld's Rosewell House stables at The Curragh. This year the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will celebrate 25 years since Weld broke new ground when Irish galloper Vintage Crop became the first internationally-trained horse to win the Melbourne Cup in 1993. "Australia is very special to me, it always has been and it always will be. I've been fortunate to win two Melbourne Cups so it makes it extra special," said Weld. "We were one of the pioneers, winning Group 1 races around the world before it came fashionable. The adventure, the travel – that never daunted me. I had to wait for the right horse to do it and I knew that Vintage Crop was the horse that could possibly do it." Following the stop at Rosewell House, Vintage Crop's winning rider Michael Kinane and the Melbourne Cup ventured to the Irish National Stud where Vintage Crop lived a long and happy retirement. "It was a fantastic memory, a great achievement. It seems like yesterday but time is suddenly telling us it's 25 years. I can still feel it," said Kinane. The last stop of the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour's European adventure will be attending Irish Oaks Weekend at The Curragh racecourse, where the VRC will have a reciprocal race on Sunday 22 July.