The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Australian music icon Michael Gudinski AM overnight.
VRC Chairman Neil Wilson said the Club was devastated by the loss of one of its closest friends and biggest supporters.
“Michael was a champion for Australian artists, launching the careers of many of our most famous musicians, yet he remained humble and down to earth,” Mr Wilson said.
“From the world’s biggest selling artists to emerging talent, it seemed that Michael knew everyone in the business.
“Michael knew that music had the power to bring people together, and that was what Michael did – he brought people together.”
As well as being a giant of Australia’s music industry, Michael was a great friend to the VRC, both as a music and events promoter and as an avid racing fan and horse owner. Michael loved his horses and being on the racetrack. He shared in the ownership of Melbourne Cup winners Rekindling (2017), Almandin (2016), and last year’s Lexus Melbourne Cup hero Twilight Payment. Other notable horses include Group 1 winners The United States, Mourayan, Kibbutz, Foundry and Homesman, who is running in Saturday’s Group 1 TAB Australian Cup at Flemington.
“Michael was responsible for bringing some of Australia’s biggest acts to Cup Week, and he also championed up-and-coming artists, helping unearth the next generation of Australia’s musical talent, many of whom held their first major performances at Flemington.
“He was as passionate about racing as he was about music – Michael and wife Sue were regulars at Flemington, and he was as at ease mixing with superstars in The Birdcage as he was chatting with fellow owners in The Mounting Yard,” Mr Wilson said.
“We pass our deepest condolences to his wife Sue, their children Matt and Kate, his grandchildren and extended family for their loss.”