THE Melbourne Cup comes to Penrith on October 2.
Penrith is only one of three NSW destinations in this year's Emirates Melbourne Cup Trophy Tour around Australia, which precedes the race on November 6.
The 18-carat gold cup begins its stay at Mulgoa's historic Fernhill Estate, birthplace of two Melbourne Cup winners: the brothers Chester, in 1877, and Grand Flaneur, in 1880.
The cup then journeys to Penrith Paceway where it goes on display from 10am to noon.
"I think we won the right to host the cup because of Fernhill's connection with the Melbourne Cup and the long equestrian history of the estate," said the property's joint owner, Simon Tripp.
The day continues with a lunch in Penrith's Memory Park and a charity function for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy at Fernhill in the evening.
"We're really honoured to be a special part of this event," said the paceway's chief executive Lorraine Pozza.
"The Fernhill Melbourne Cup Art Competition will be on display at the paceway, too."
The competition comprises artwork by primary and high school students and offers prizes of up to $2000 for the winning schools.
Fernhill's chief executive Brenda Tripp said the cup's visit was an exciting event for the estate and for Penrith.
"We can't wait for this breathtaking property to be shown to the community," Ms Tripp said.
"They will be learning an important history of this region."
Penrith Chamber of Commerce chief executive Jill Woods said she felt just as excited.
"Having two Melbourne Cup winners born and bred in this region gives us a sense of ownership of the cup," Mrs Woods said.
"To have something as iconic as this to hang our hats on, even for a short time, is great."