The school welcomed Australia’s racing centrepiece as part of its 2017 whirlwind tour across 31 destinations in Australia and New Zealand ahead of ‘the race that stops the nation’ next month.
St Anthony’s was the only Sydney school selected for the 2017 tour based on its historical links to the Melbourne Cup.
Two-time Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy accompanied the tour, not only as a past racing legend but also as a parent from the school.
He spoke to the students about the popular race, the life of a racehorse and the opportunities available to them post-racing as a great thing.
“Keep your dreams alive and always strive to do your best,” he told the students.
Principal Kim Whyte-Southcombe said the school’s184 students were keen to learn about the history and significance of the Melbourne Cup and have their photo taken with the popular $200,000, 18-carat gold trophy.