New Year's Day Race Day creative

Jan 1, 2021


Gates open 1:25pm • First race 2:25pm • Last race 6:55pm


Kick off 2021 with summer racing fun.

Settle in for some serious summer vibes at the traditional New Year’s Day meeting, enjoying a later start to the day, with races running into early evening.

Start your new year off in style, in one of our two new Front Lawn spaces accessible to all.

Have a brew with the boys in the Front Lawn Beer Garden while listening to live tunes. Grab a bite to eat from some of Melbourne’s tastiest food trucks. Cheer on pounding hooves as they thunder down the home straight to the Winning Post. There’s even an outdoor cinema to keep the fun going after the races, subject to Government COVID-safe approval. 

Or reserve your own picnic space on the Front Lawn, offering a wonderful track side position amongst the rose gardens. Bring your own picnic, or purchase from nearby food outlets and bars. Enjoy acoustic tunes and family friendly games. And for an extra dose of magic, step inside the golden-winged design bar.

It’s the perfect start to an outstanding month of twilight racing, featuring the Listed Bagot Handicap for stayers, and the Group 3 Standish Handicap for sprinters. If you are tuning in from home, catch all the action live from the track via our partners:, RSN and TAB.


As at 5pm 31 December 2020, masks are now mandatory indoors, unless eating or drinking. 

Anyone who has been in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney or other NSW red zone exposure sites since 11th December must not attend this race day.  Please stay at home, get tested and isolate at home until you receive your test results.

Important information for a COVID safe experience
  • You will need to acknowledge a health declaration on entry to the course. If you are feeling unwell on the day, we ask that you do not attend and call us to advise. 
  • On arrival, please make your way directly to your venue.
  • You will need to scan a QR code on arrival to your space, and register your details on the Victoria Government Services App for contact tracing purposes.
  • Movement around the course must be kept to a minimum and social distancing must be maintained at all times.
  • You will have an allocated seat and we ask that you please stay in your seat throughout the day unless you are ordering food and beverages, accessing amenities or placing a bet.
  • All food and beverage service is cashless.
  • It is a requirement of entry to the venue that you carry a face mask. Masks are mandatory indoors, unless eating or drinking. Masks are required to be used in situations where you can’t maintain a 1.5m social distancing, on public transport or using ride share or taxi services.

Customer Service operating hours over Christmas and New Year: From 24th December 2020 to 4th January 2021. 

View our Customer Service operating hours over the holiday season.

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