• Three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy was born and bred in a small town in South Australia called Streaky Bay, population 1500. “I think being around hard-working country people teaches you work ethic, and a country town like Streaky teaches you a sense of community too,” McEvoy has said.
  • Country NSW jockey Robert Thompson, who turned 62 in May, is the most successful jockey in Australian racing history with more than 4000 wins. The Australian Racing Hall of Fame inductee is known as the “Country Cups King” because of his record of multiple wins in many of NSW country racing’s feature events.
  • Legendary country race caller and VRC Life Member Jack Styring has a place in the Guinness Book of Records for his 60 successive calls of the Gunbower Cup. Retiring in 2011 at almost 82 years old, ‘bush legend’ Styring was well-known for his signature lines when calling races, such as “pulling like a Collins Street dentist" and "winning by as far as you can kick your hat” and, his much loved, “baring his molars to the breeze”. 



Jun 20, 2020


First race 11:45am • Last race 4:32pm


Country Race Day at Flemington highlights the strong connection racing creates between the country and the city.

The exciting nine-race program includes a number of winter race series heats. The feature race is the David Bourke Provincial Plate for horses that have participated in non-metropolitan races during the previous 12 months, while the Listed A.R. Creswick Stakes for three-year-old sprinters will provide a thrilling highlight to the program.

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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