Special Dolly focus at this year's Cup

The family of Dolly Everett will be special guests at the running of this year's Katherine Cup.

The family of Dolly Everett will be special guests at the running of this year's Katherine Cup.

A mainstay in the Katherine social calendar, the 2018 Katherine Cup is upping the ante with a very special visitor.

An iconic identity and one of the biggest crowns in racing, the Katherine Turf Club are excited to announce the Lexus Melbourne Cup will be in attendance on Saturday, August 18.

As part of a day of fundraising for Dolly’s Dream guests to have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the iconic trophy, in return for a gold coin donation.

Worth over $200,000, the 18-carat gold trophy will be ridden into the Mounting Yard by Dolly’s parents, Tick and Kate Everett before the running of the classic Katherine Stock Horse race.

Dolly’s sister Meg will lead the Stock Horse entrants on to the track and to the starting line.

This year the race is being run in Dolly’s Honour with riders vying for a trophy, prizemoney and a one-off commemorative horse rug.

Jockey Chris Symons will also be in attendance.

Chris organised the blue breeches campaign earlier this year where jockeys across Australia rode in blue breeches in memory of Dolly.

He will also be on hand to talk all things Lexus Melbourne Cup.

The day’s Fashions on the Field are turning blue and fluttery, adopting butterflies and Dolly’s favourite colour.

Katherine racegoers are being asked to wear blue in honour of Dolly at this year's Cup.

Katherine racegoers are being asked to wear blue in honour of Dolly at this year's Cup.

Sky City has donated accommodation packages to the winners.

Punters are being encouraged to wear blue and to support Dolly’s Dream through sales of merchandise on the day.

KTC president Bobby Woodhouse said the day promises to be action packed.

“It’s an opportunity to get dressed up, have a fun day out with family and friends and support a great cause.

“We are so excited to have the Melbourne Cup on hand and we encourage everyone to get to the track to see it.

“We would love to see everyone coming through the gate sporting something blue as a sign of support to the Everett family and Dolly's Dream.

“Everything is taken care of, with food and beverage (including a Champagne Bar) on hand, TAB betting and a family zone with entertainment for the kids.”

Gates open on the 2018 Katherine Races at 11am, with the official arrival of the Melbourne Cup followed by the Dolly’s Dream Stock Horse race at about 12.30pm.

Entry is $20 on the day for adults or $15 if purchased online prior to the cup. Children under 15 are free when accompanied by an adult.

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