COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

This page serves as an information hub for VRC members and our community, and is updated as new information relevant to members, partners, industry participants and the wider public comes to hand. If you require specific information, please contact our Customer Service team by emailing customerservice@vrc.net.au

Current as at 30/07/21

Statement from Victoria Racing Club CEO Steve Rosich: VRC Season Premiere Race Day 

Following confirmation from Racing Victoria that Victorian race meetings will be closed to spectators until at least 11:59pm (AEST) on Tuesday, 10 August 2021, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) can confirm that the VRC Season Premiere Race Day on 7 August 2021 will proceed without patrons.

The race day will go ahead under the same, strict COVID-safe protocols that were in place throughout 2020, with the racecourse closed to all but racing industry participants and essential staff, ensuring the ongoing biosecurity of our sport so that racing can continue. All racing participants and essential staff on course will be required to wear a face mask at all times.

The VRC sincerely thanks its members for their patience and understanding. We are working closely with Government and health authorities to ensure the return of crowds for our spring feature race days, starting with Sofitel Girls Day Out on Saturday 11 September 2021.

We hope racing fans will again tune in from home next Saturday to take in the nine-race card from headquarters including the Group 3 Aurie's Star Handicap, a renowned starting point for springtime’s stars. 

For VRC members please look out for our regular Race Day Communiqué next Thursday, featuring TAB’s Nick Quinn’s tips and racing previews, plenty of exciting racing news to enjoy from home, plus there will be more great prizes on offer in our VRC Member Stakes – members can register at flemington.com.au/club-membership/vrc-member-stakes

Members will receive their digital racebook via the Race Day Communiqué, and it will be available for download on the VRC Season Premiere Race Day page at Flemington.com.au from next Thursday.

We look forward to welcoming back patrons for Sofitel Girls Day Out, and are working with the Victorian Government on our COVID-safe planning for the event – the first race at Headquarters for the spring. 

Staying COVIDSafe

Flemington is proud to be running a COVIDSafe venue to ensure the safety and comfort of all our members, patrons and staff and we ask that you please comply with the following requirements.

If you have been in a COVID-19 impacted area, hotspot or exposure site in Victoria, interstate or New Zealand, or reasonably suspect that a close contact has done so, you must immediately self-isolate for 14 days from last exposure and call the Victorian Department of Health on 1300 651 160.  You must not attend Flemington racecourse during this time.

  • For regular updates on impacted areas, hotspots and exposure sites please visit www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus.
  • For other states please refer to the relevant State Government Department of Health website.
  1. 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. 
  2. You will need to scan a QR code on arrival at gate entry to register your details on the Victorian Government Service Vic App for contact tracing purposes.
  3. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.
  4. All food and beverage service is cashless.
  5. Patrons are required to wear a mask at all times when indoors unless eating or drinking, and are asked to wear it in situations outdoors where they cannot socially distance.
  6. If you are feeling unwell, we ask that you do not attend Flemington racecourse.
Is Flemington Racecourse closed to the public?

Yes. Although the racecourse remained open during previous lockdowns, the course will be closed during the current Victorian lockdown until further notice. 

While there is no formal requirement for the racecourse to open, we value the role that the precinct plays to our local community, and the ability to have the grounds open to the public when it is safe to do so. 

With the fast spreading nature of the COVID-19 Delta variant, we are following advice from health authorities to limit movement of people at the racecourse to protect the ongoing biosecurity of the Flemington Horse Training Facility. These restrictions are critically important to ensure the site can remain open as a workplace and operational to manage the welfare and training of over 600 horses currently stabled at the racecourse.

We understand this is a challenging time for our community and we thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to welcoming you back to Flemington next Wednesday when the current restrictions are lifted. 

Current COVIDSafe event check lists