A day of racing and reflection.
Join us at Flemington Racecourse on ANZAC Day for a day of racing and reflection, with a traditional tribute to the courageous men and women who have served our nation.
Heritage displays and activities around the racecourse will honour the day, including a commemorative ceremony taking place in the Mounting Yard at 2:55pm, the iconic ‘Handmade With Love’ poppy installation on the Front Lawn and the historic game of Two-up, with all proceeds donated back to the RSL.
Mounting Yard Commemorative Ceremony
Remember those who have served and fallen through a commemorative ceremony taking place in the Mounting Yard at 2:55pm. The Moonee Valley Brass Band will perform the Last Post and Rouse and the Australian National Anthem. Current and returned servicemen and women are invited to participate in the formal proceedings.
‘Handmade with love’ Poppy Installation
What started in 2013 as a personal tribute to honour their fathers by two Australian women, Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight, has blossomed into a series of major installations of stunning handmade poppies in Australia and Europe. See this beautiful tribute when it visits Flemington Racecourse this ANZAC Day and take the opportunity to plant a poppy yourself. For every poppy planted, the VRC will donate $2 to the ANZAC Appeal.
Two-up on the Front Lawn
Popularised amongst Australian troops in the First World War, this simple game of chance involves tossing pennies and betting on the outcome. Becoming part of the ANZAC Day tradition among returned servicemen, the very first legal Two-up game was held at Flemington in 1991. Learn how to play on the Front Lawn from 12pm before the first official 'spin' kicks off at 1pm.
Art and Heritage Displays
Check out The Light Horse & Field Artillery Museum display on the Front Lawn, Blue Ribbons to Balaclavas displays in The Atrium of The Grandstand, plus live artist, Jason Roberts, painting in the Lobby of The Club Stand.
Tempt Your Taste Buds on the Front Lawn
Indulge your inner-Aussie and enjoy a gourmet pie from the ‘Flemington Pie Shop’ on the Front Lawn. Varieties include braised lamb shoulder, slow-cooked beef and gravy along with a vegetable pastie and gluten-free beef pie. Pair your pie with a beverage from the Lawn Bar featuring our exclusive ANZAC biscuit espresso martini.
Flemington Family Lawn
Keep the kids entertained with games from yesteryear. Hopscotch, four square, jump rope and marbles will create a nostalgic atmosphere. Family Lawn favourites are back including face-painters, balloon artists, pony rides and a soft play area for the little ones.
Come meet champions of the turf, California Memory and Rogan Josh, as they hang out in the horse stalls and parade around the Mounting Yard throughout the day.
Tickets available from the gates when they open at 12:00pm. Complimentary admission will be provided to all current and returned servicemen and women - for more information click here. Kids 15 years and under receive free entry on all racedays.