St Arnaud will join racing history when it plays host to the iconic 18-carat gold Lexus Melbourne Cup on September 4.
St Arnaud was revealed as a Tour destination at a launch event on Tuesday at Flemington Racecourse, joining 38 other towns and cities across the globe that will be part of the 17th annual Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour.
The VRC also officially announced the increase in prizemoney for the Lexus Melbourne Cup to $8 million, a record in the 158 year history of Australia's greatest race.
This year's Tour will also feature an exciting new element, with 24 rural and regional destinations across Australia to be allocated a barrier for the 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup. St Arnaud will be included as a national sweep destination in the new initiative.
Barriers will be drawn at random throughout the Tour and the town which draws the barrier of the Lexus Melbourne Cup-winning horse will be presented with a cash prize of $50,000 to be put towards a charity for a local community initiative.