An evening of live conversation, racing personalities and the latest VRC news.
Inside Headquarters Live is here! It’s our new, live conversation series exclusively for VRC members and their guests.
This new free-to-book series of updates will give our members first-hand insight into the latest news from HQ, including in-depth conversation and live Q&A sessions with the VRC Leadership Team, including our Chairman Neil Wilson and CEO Steve Rosich.
Members can also look forward to meeting and hearing from a variety of noteworthy racing personalities, and it’s also the perfect opportunity to meet and connect with fellow VRC members.
We will be serving light snacks and a complimentary drink on arrival, with a bar open to purchase additional drinks throughout the evening – a great opportunity for members to use their $160 renewal bonus credit.
The ballot for Inside Headquarters Live has now closed.
For our inaugural Inside Headquarters Live event we’ve lined up a live chat with three of the most exciting horse trainers on the scene, all of whom call Flemington home.
Wayne Hawkes has spent his whole life in racing and by the mid-1990s, took over management of his father's Flemington operation for the Inghams' all-powerful Crown Lodge stables – overseeing Australian racing legends, Octagonal (10 Group I wins) and Lonhro (11 Group I wins), to name a few. In 2008, Wayne, in partnership with his brother Michael and father, John became the first three-person training partnership in Australian racing. Team Hawkes has had great success with multiple Group 1 winners and in recent years with champions All Too Hard, Chautauqua and more recently, Ole Kirk.
Former football player and coach, playing 120 games and coaching 344, some may not know that Denis Pagan has been a racehorse owner for more than 30 years. His passion of the sport and the equine athlete saw him spend countless hours at the Flemington training precinct learning the ropes before taking out his licence in July 2020. His first runner as a trainer at Flemington was on July 4, 2020 with Johnny Get Angry running 3rd in the Listed Gibson Carmichael. Not four months later, Johnny Get Angry supplied Denis with just his second victory since commencing his training career by winning the Group 1, AAMI Victoria Derby.
Nick Ryan is a star young trainer, having held a licence since 2014. Before he was a trainer Ryan was a successful jockey notably capturing the 2004-05 Victorian metropolitan jockeys' premiership as a third-year apprentice, joining other greats Darren Gauci and Damien Oliver as the only apprentice jockeys to claim the senior title in more than 50 years. Nick now has a small team of horses including Mahamedeis, a horse he bought for $24,000 who has now won close to a $1 million. Another horse, Sircconi won the Listed Winter Championship Final at Flemington last year, a highlight in the career of the young trainer.
DATE: Thursday 29 April 2021
TIME: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
LOCATION: The Atrium, The Grandstand
DRESS CODE: Members dress regulations
PRICE: This is a free event, however bookings are essential