• Robert Cooper Bagot transformed Flemington’s landscape by draining the swampy infield, renovating the track, and constructing grandstands and pavilions for the comfort of patrons.
  • Bagot encouraged the attendance of women at the races through issuing complimentary ladies’ tickets to the all-male membership. 
  • Bagot successfully lobbied the Victorian Government to support the Cup, resulting in the Melbourne Cup public holiday that all Victorians still enjoy to this day.



Jun 6, 2020


First race 11:35am • Last race 4:30pm


A celebration of our great racecourse and the illustrious history of the VRC.

As we celebrate 180 years of racing at Flemington, Bagotville Race Day pays tribute to both the estate that Flemington Racecourse now partially sits on and the legacy of the two earliest Secretaries of the Club.

Appointed the first secretary of the Victoria Racing Club in 1864, Robert Cooper Bagot played an integral role in transforming Flemington into one of the great racecourses of the world and turning The Cup into the greatest race in Australia. 

His successor Henry Byron Moore built upon this visionary legacy. When the opportunity came secure additional land for future expansion of the racecourse Byron Moore made the purchase himself and sold the required land to the Club at cost. It was he who named the land for subdivision Bagotville Estate in honour of Robert Cooper Bagot.

Bagotville territory included Fisher Parade and Leonard Crescent, the former stables location of legendary trainer Bart Cummings and where the magnificent Hill Gate entrance and popular Melbourne Cup Carnival precinct The Park currently sit.

The nine-race card will feature heat four of the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series for open milers, heat three of the All Victorian Sprint Series for open sprinters, heat three of the Banjo Paterson Series for stayers, heat three of the Leilani Series for mares, heat three of the Next Generation Sprinters series for two-year-olds and heat three of the Silver Bowl Series for three-year-old milers. These fantastic winter series ensure great racing throughout the off-season before culminating in the grand finals on Flemington Finals Race Day.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this meeting will be conducted without spectators. However, you can follow all the action via one of our broadcast partners; Channel 7, and RSN.

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