See what’s been happening at Flemington while the gates have been closed to visitors.
Matthew Hyland, CEO of the Victorian Jockeys’ Association shares his passion of the industry and provides insight into his day-to-day life.
14 July 2020
The old adage of ‘no foot, no horse’ is one of the truest things you will hear in the sport of racing. Without healthy hooves, horses have no chance of reaching their full potential on the track.
7 July 2020
The colder months are tough on anyone whose job requires them to get up early, but for a racehorse and its team of handlers, life must go on. We take a look at how a horse is trained and cared for in the winter months.
Equine pools are a great way to exercise and rehabilitate horses and are now a practice integrated into most trainers' routines. Flemington's pool facility is a hub of activity all year round, but when the weather warms up, its popularity goes up another notch.
1 July 2020
This week we checked in on our bee colony to see how they are coping with winter in their new home at Flemington.
FLEMINGTON GROUNDS & GARDENS TEAM (@flemingtonvrc)
9 year old racing fan Ben drew a picture of his first Cup Day at Flemington. After his mum shared the drawing on Twitter we wanted to help connect him with 2019 Lexus Melbourne Cup winning jockey Craig Williams. Here is just a glimpse of their chat. Ben hit Craig with some tough questions, could he be the next Jason Richardson when he grows up?
16 June 2020
Meet Simon Petch, Clerk of Scales for Racing Victoria.
Flemington is no stranger to wet weather and as we enter the winter racing season, we can expect to see more of it. But history has helped shape the best preventive measures for the famous track.
TRACKS & TRADES TEAM (@flemingtonvrc)
10 June 2020
This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal is taking place digitally. The Salvation Army work tirelessly to help the most vulnerable in our community and have been on the frontline during this crisis. The VRC supports the wonderful work that the Salvation Army do and are encouraging members to donate to this year’s Red Shield Appeal Digital Doorknock here.
FLEMINGTON COMMUNITY TEAM (@flemingtonvrc)
9 June 2020
We celebrate long-term VRC employee Mick Hurry who was recently announced as a nominee in the 2020 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards. Let’s take a look back at the important role Mick has played at Flemington for nearly four decades, making sure training runs smoothly every single day for our horses and riders.
27 May 2020
When the coronavirus pandemic struck with force in March, the VRC and Racing Victoria were quick to make key decisions to safeguard the industry and its participants. We take a look at some of the measures both bodies took – and are still taking – to ensure that racing still continues for as long as it can, as the pandemic and its restrictions change on a daily basis.
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Behind the gates of Flemington Racecourse is a myriad of people working in different roles to keep the world-famous track going like clockwork. One important role is that of the Watchmen, the security personnel who keep Flemington safe, night and day.
For almost 40 years, Dan Blackmore has worked behind the starting gates at all Victorian metro racecourses as well as at Warrnambool. He has helped load thousands of racehorses into the barriers, including champions and legends of the sport. The job is not always an easy one, but for a passionate horse lover like Dan, it is one full of rewards. In the COVID-19 pandemic era, he is even more grateful to do a job he loves every day. We catch up with him and find out how COVID-19 has affected the way he and his colleagues are working.
Listen to Flemington Racecourse’s Senior Grounds and Gardens Manager Mick Ryan update The Sport of Gardening podcast on all things roses, including Mick's favourite and pruning tips, along with other sustainability initiatives at Headquarters like the introduction of goats to help with weed management and bee hives to help the Peter Rowland chef's paddock to plate ethos.
TRACKS & TRADE TEAM (@flemingtonvrc)
18 May 2020
Industry participants continue to play their role in ensuring that racing can safely continue by implementing and adhering to current COVID-19 protocols. Here is a look at how Malua Racing’s Flemington stables have adapted during these unprecedented times.
TRACKS & RACING TEAM (@flemingtonvrc)
Each day at Flemington the trainers and stable teams are busy looking after the hundreds of horses that call Flemington home. Take a look at an early morning behind the scenes at Flemington.
TRACKS & RACING TEAM (@flemingtonvrc)
29 April 2020