Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chairman Amanda Elliott has issued the following statement after the passing of renowned journalist, author and historian Les Carlyon AC.
“The passing of Les Carlyon has saddened us enormously at the VRC. There will never be another man of words of his quality.
“What a rare human being he was. His utter decency, his humility, his magic with words, his great intellect, and his marvellous irreverent sense of humour, all combined with his passion for our country, our history and racing.
“He adored the Melbourne Cup, and everything it stood for – the horse, the sport, the level playing field, the Australian icon – to use his words “the ultimate test of grit and heart”.
“Les was a cherished friend and Life Member of the VRC, indeed Flemington was his favourite racecourse.
“He will be greatly missed.”
The VRC will acknowledge Les Carlyon with on-course flags altered to half-mast for this weekend’s Super Saturday meeting, a tribute will be played on screens across the course, and he will be recognised in the racebook. The Club will also consider a more permanent tribute.