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 15/07/21

Statement from VRC CEO Steve Rosich: Season Finale Race Day 

In light of new Victorian Government restrictions for Victoria, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) can confirm that this Saturday’s Season Finale Race Day at Flemington will proceed without patrons.

The Club is working with the Salvation Army to ensure that food prepared for the race day does not go to waste. It will be donated to the Salvation Army and distributed to those in need. Flowers purchased for the race day will also be donated to a range of health care venues operated by the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The VRC thanks members for their understanding and hopes to see a return to crowds for VRC Season Premiere Race Day at Flemington on Saturday 7 August.

Season Finale Race Day will go ahead under the same COVID-safe protocols that were in place throughout 2020, with the racecourse shut to all but racing industry participants and essential staff.

All participants and essential staff at Flemington Racecourse on Saturday are required to wear a mask at all times.

VRC members, owners and racing fans can enjoy the day from home via Racing.com and RSN. The nine-race card includes the Flemington Cup 1849, headlined by record-breaking jockey Jamie Kah and South Pacific who were dominant winners at Flemington on Country Race Day.

Kah will be crowned the leading jockey at Flemington this season, a runaway victor with 23 wins so far including a memorable Group 1 aboard Nature Strip in the Black Caviar Lightning at Headquarters earlier this year.

The leading trainer award will go down to the wire with Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes leading on 12. With the partnership now dissolved, Chris Waller only needs one more win to draw even. He has Pancho engaged in the ATA Celebrates Women Trainers Handicap.

VRC members will receive the Race Day Communiqué tomorrow, with the TAB’s Nick Quinn’s tips and racing previews, the Members Facebook Trivia returning and plenty of interesting articles to enhance the at home experience.

The VRC Member Stakes will continue, with even greater chances to win and exclusive, money-can’t-buy prizes. Members can find out more and register at flemington.com.au/club-membership/vrc-member-stakes.

A digital racebook will also be sent to members via the Race Day Communiqué and will be available for download on the Season Finale Day page.

The VRC team will contact all members, ticketholders and stakeholders directly to advise them of the relevant information, including rescheduling of race day events and refunds where applicable.

TICKET REFUNDS

  • All race day tickets purchased through VRC will be automatically refunded. This refund will be processed within 3-5 days.
  • All tickets purchased through Ticketek will receive a full refund from Ticketek.

We look forward to welcoming back as many patrons as we can for VRC Season Premiere Race Day at Flemington Racecourse, and as the situation evolves we will work with the Government and health authorities to act and provide further updates accordingly.

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