Efficient at Flemington (Image: VRC)
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will acknowledge retired equine champions on Living Legends Race Day presented by Lexus this Saturday at Flemington.
Living Legends is home to many former stars of the turf and a wonderful setting where the public can enjoy interacting with the sport’s heroes.
Saturday’s program will feature seven races named in honour of Living Legends who have tasted success at the highest level at Flemington and captured the hearts of racegoers.
Melbourne Cup winners and Living Legends residents Rogan Josh, Brew, Efficient and Almandin will be acknowledged via race names as will dual Flemington Group 1 winners Apache Cat and Redkirk Warrior and a Flemington favourite in Tom Melbourne, who is the latest resident to join the Living Legends stable.
VRC Chief Executive Officer Neil Wilson said it was important that racing fans reflect on the feats of these remarkable equine athletes.
“The VRC is proud to dedicate this race day to Living Legends, to appreciate the horses who have left their mark on racing’s history and its fans,” Mr Wilson said.
“In normal circumstances we would invite racegoers to Flemington to connect with the Living Legends and recognise the incredible work of the organisation, but this year we are delighted to be able to acknowledge the former champions via the VRC website and digital racebook, VRC social media channels and with the help of our media partners Channel 7, Racing.com and RSN."
Mr Wilson also thanked Dr Andrew Clarke from Living Legends for his dedication to retired racehorses.
“The entire racing industry is grateful for the hard work of Dr Andrew Clarke and his team at Living Legends who give our former champions a comfortable home for life,” he said.
“Last year the VRC committed $220,000 in funding over the next three years from the newly created Equine Wellbeing fund to Living Legends to ensure the farm can continue to provide an enjoyable retirement for horses. It also supports the facilities to allow the public to interact with them both at Living Legends and as regular visitors to Flemington, as part of our wider equine welfare strategy.”
Lexus Australia Chief Executive Officer Scott Thompson added to Mr Wilson’s comments by announcing Lexus’ new partnership with Living Legends.
“In addition to presenting Saturday’s race day, Lexus Australia is thrilled to announce their partnership with Living Legends. As the official vehicle partner, the power of Lexus vehicles will transport all Living Legends retired champion racehorses, allowing the community to engage with these icons,” Mr Thompson said.
Mr Wilson noted the synergy between Living Legends, Lexus and the VRC.
“The VRC has a close relationship with both Lexus and Living Legends so it is pleasing to see Lexus support the valued work of Living Legends,” he said.
Living Legends Race Day presented by Lexus begins at 11:40am, with the Listed Hilton Nicholas Straight Six to be run at 2:45pm. Highlights on the card include Matt Cumani’s rising star Khoekhoe in the Tom Melbourne Trophy, Heat 1 of the Taj Rossi Series and the anticipated Australian debut of spring hopeful Django Freedman in the Apache Cat Handicap, Heat 2 of the VRC-CRV Winter Championship Series.
A digital race book will be available at Flemington.com.au and VRC Members, owners and all racing fans are encouraged to follow the race day via the VRC social media platforms and share their at home experiences using our official hashtag #Flemington on social media.