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Statement from VRC CEO Steve Rosich: VRC Members Race Day

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) confirms that, following the Victorian Government’s extension of the current lockdown until 11:59pm Thursday 10 June 2021, Saturday’s VRC Members Race Day at Flemington Racecourse will be closed to spectators and owners.

Saturday’s race day will still go ahead under the same, strict COVID-safe protocols that were in place throughout 2020, with the racecourse shut to all but racing industry participants and essential staff, ensuring the ongoing biosecurity of our sport so that racing can continue.

The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on our race days for members and racegoers is disappointing. We have been really pleased to welcome back our members and spectators in strong numbers since December, including with greater flexibility of movement around Flemington for recent race days.  

Although we cannot welcome patrons on course for VRC Members Race Day, we hope racing fans will tune in from home to take in the nine-race card from headquarters. 

This Saturday the Club honours VRC members past and present, with each race named for a VRC member, and our team have already begun adapting our race day to create an at-home experience that recognises their contribution to our Club. 

For VRC members please look out for our regular Race Day Communiqué this Thursday, with a number of great articles and plenty of exciting racing to enjoy from home. Our VRC Member Stakes will continue as usual, so if you haven’t already registered, you can register at flemington.com.au/club-membership/vrc-member-stakes. We are also exploring options around at-home offers to support our valued partners, and our digital racebook will be sent to members via the Race Day Communiqué and available for download on the VRC Members Race Day page at  VRC Members Race Day page

The VRC team will contact all members, ticketholders and stakeholders directly to advise them of the relevant information, including rescheduling and refunds where applicable.


  • All event tickets purchased through VRC will be automatically refunded. This refund will be processed within 3-5 days.
  • All tickets purchased through Ticketek will receive a full refund from Ticketek.

We are planning to welcome back patrons for Country Race Day on Saturday 19 June 2021 at Flemington Racecourse, however if the situation changes we will work with the Government and health authorities to act and provide further updates accordingly.