Bagotville Race Day comes in the year that the VRC celebrates 180 years of racing at Flemington (Credit: State Library of Victoria)
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will acknowledge an important part of its rich history on Bagotville Race Day at Flemington this Saturday 6 June.
Bagotville is symbolic of both the landscaped grounds behind the Hill Stand and the legacy of Robert Cooper Bagot, the first secretary of the VRC.
Purchased in the 1880s by Bagot’s successor Henry Byron Moore and later sold back to the VRC, Bagotville Estate occupied the area from Langs Road to the Flemington Racecourse railway station.
Bagotville Race Day comes in the year that the VRC celebrates 180 years of racing at Flemington and VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott noted the importance of reflecting on the legacy left by founding members of the club.
“Bagotville Race Day is a nod to our great racecourse and the illustrious history of the VRC,” Mrs Elliott said.
“The Club is thankful for visionaries such as Bagot and Byron Moore, whose prescience and innovation ensured the VRC became Australia’s premier race club and the custodian of one of the world’s greatest races in the Lexus Melbourne Cup.
“It was due to the work of Bagot and Byron Moore that Melburnians embraced the Cup, making it such a central part of Melbourne’s culture. That work included improvements to racecourse amenities and lobbying the government to recognise the significance of the race by declaring a public holiday which is still enjoyed today.”
On Bagotville territory once sat Saintly Place, the iconic stables belonging to legendary trainer Bart Cummings, and now includes the magnificent Hill Gate and The Park.
Saturday’s program will feature seven of nine races named in honour of the Bagotville story including the Henry Byron Moore Handicap, the G.H. Mumm Picnic at Flemington Trophy, The Grinders Coffee Carriage Paddock Plate and the Bagot’s Cowshed Handicap.
A digital race book will be available at Flemington.com.au with content that tells the story of Bagotville. VRC Members, owners and all racing fans are encouraged to follow the race day via the VRC’s social media platforms and share their at home experiences using our official hashtag #Flemington on social media.