Flemington is set to host a meeting on New Year's Eve (Image: Racing Photos)
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is looking to harness the pulling power of New Year’s Eve by bringing forward the traditional January 1 meeting to a year-ending twilight card.
VRC racing manager Leigh Jordon said on Tuesday the club had applied to stage the meeting on New Year’s Eve in 12 months as part of a shift towards the reintroduction of a series of summer twilight meetings.
"We are looking at running the New Year’s Eve meeting between say 5pm and 8pm with fireworks starting on the Maribyrnong River and from about 9pm followed by a band," Jordon said.
"We have magnificent views of the city and the scene with the fireworks going off all over the city at midnight will be incredible."
The VRC is pushing to not only reintroduce a series of twilight meetings next summer, it has applied for a number of twilight dates to be run on a Sunday to coincide with the Sha Tin Sunday meeting in Hong Kong.
These meetings could be restricted to straight racing only as the VRC endeavour to find a mix that will appeal to a summer crowd.
Jordon said one of the benefits of running twilight meetings is that the VRC will be able to water the track during the morning on those days when the track will be tested by the hot weather.
If the VRC is granted the New Year’s Eve date as expected, the New Year’s Day meeting at Mornington will take over as the principal Victorian meeting for the first day of the year.