Changes to the MRC Executive Committee

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The Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) today announced that Brooke Dawson will join the club’s Executive Committee, following the resignation of long-serving Committeeman, Rod Fenwick.

The Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) today announced that Brooke Dawson will join the club’s Executive Committee, following the resignation of long-serving Committeeman, Rod Fenwick.

Club Chairman, Mike Symons, paid tribute to Mr Fenwick’s service to the club.

“Rod has given 20 years of energy, commitment and leadership to both the Mornington Racing Club, where he was Chairman and instrumental in the successful merger with the MRC, and more recently on the MRC Committee,” Mike said.

“Through that time, Rod’s focus on integrity related matters, accountability and maximising club performance and ensuring the MRC delivers on its merger commitments to the Mornington Racing Club have been key attributes.”

Mr Fenwick has been a member of the club’s Finance Sub-Committee as well as the Risk, Compliance and Audit Committee and also represents the MRC on the Trust of the Caulfield Racecourse Reserve.

Ms Dawson brings a wealth of experience to the MRC, having served on the Mornington Advisory Group since 2014 after holding positions as an Elected Director of the Australian Polo Federation and Committee Member of Victorian Polo Club. She also sits on the Cattle Compensation Advisory Board representing the Australian Meat Industry Council, having been Senior Manager at family owned and operated Oakdale Meat Company since 2004.

Ms Dawson has a passionate interest in horses and farming through her involvement in the Central Victorian property that houses an Angus cattle breeding program as well as her polo ponies.  She also has a keen interest in racehorses, aspiring to race a group one winner through her family’s thoroughbred breeding program and horses in training.

“The MRC has been fortunate to have someone of Rod’s talent and personality on our committee and we wish him well in the future. At the same time, we warmly welcome a new addition to the club Committee in Brooke,” Mike said.

MRC Young Members’ & The Emerson join forces for 2017-18

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To welcome in the exciting new 2017-18 racing season, the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) is pleased to announce an official partnership with iconic South Yarra venue The Emerson to host a series of MRC Young Member After Parties during the 2017 BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival and beyond.

The MRC Young Members-The Emerson alliance will offer a number of exclusive benefits to MRC Young Members and their guests during the 2017-18 racing season including:

  • Complimentary bus transfers from major racedays at Caulfield to The Emerson
  • Priority entry to The Emerson from 6-9pm (MRC Young Members and guests must be wearing their wristband as well as their Membership Card or Guest Ticket)
  • Complimentary drink on arrival and an hour of delicious canapés

“The Melbourne Racing Club’s Young Members’ represent the future of our Club and we are passionate about growing our Young Members’ programme by providing more on-trend benefits and experiences.

“We are really proud to align with such a prominent brand and reputable venue as The Emerson, and this exciting affiliation offers MRC Young Members’ an exclusive facility to call their own throughout the 2017-18 racing season,” explained Melbourne Racing Club Membership Manager, Nick Ristovic

The popular three-storey rooftop bar, club and restaurant which is located only a few kilometres away from Caulfield Racecourse, will provide the perfect environment to recharge the batteries and continue BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival celebrations long in to the night this spring.

“The Emerson are delighted to be partnering with the Melbourne Racing Club’s Young Members. Their events have a proven track record and demonstrated a fresh and collaborative approach which we are proud to align with.

“We look forward to welcoming all MRC Young Members and their guests at The Emerson throughout the 2017-18 racing season and we’ll be preparing for some serious fun with the Spring Racing Carnival only weeks away,” said The Emerson CEO, Mark Hinkley.

Returning to its premium infield location this BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival, is the Stella Artois MRC Young Members precinct which provides members and their guests the ultimate race day experience.

Members receive two complimentary beverages and a racebook, access to a private bar and facility offering premium food and beverages as well as DJ’s, entertainment and a big screen to watch the Group 1 racing action throughout the day. Stella Artois MRC Young Members After Party benefits include complimentary bus transfers (limited), priority entry to The Emerson, complimentary beverage and canapes on arrival.

2017 Caulfield Cup Carnival Young Member ticketing on sale now!

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The Stella Artois MRC Young Members is back this Spring, returning to its exclusive location on the centre stage of Caulfield Racecourse.

With a premium food and beverage offering, live music and entertainment all day, plus Group 1 racing and an official after party, it’s no surprise this is an annual sell-out event.

So for the best party on course at this year’s BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival, be sure to book your tickets early to avoid missing out.

Tickets on sale now!

Visit for further details

Membership Department on 1300 GO RACE (46 7223)

Annual General Meeting Notice

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Annual General Meeting of members of the Victoria Amateur Turf Club (incorporating the Melbourne Racing Club) will be held on Thursday 28 September 2017.

Annual General Meeting of members of the Victoria Amateur Turf Club (incorporating the Melbourne Racing Club) will be held on Thursday 28 September 2017.

MRC Members wishing to nominate for the Executive Committee may do so by requesting nomination forms from the Melbourne Racing Club on 9257 7200 or at

All nomination forms and associated materials must be returned to the Club by 5pm on 24 August 2017 in order to be eligible.

A notice of Annual General Meeting, which will include more information on the business of the AGM will be sent to all MRC Members one month prior to the meeting.

Enhanced security measures at the Melbourne Racing Club

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The safety and security of our patrons attending events at Caulfield, Mornington and Ladbrokes Park is always a priority to our Club.

The Melbourne Racing Club is continually reviewing our security arrangements to ensure prevention and preparedness planning for our events remains flexible and capable of adapting to the changing environment.

From 1 July 2017, all events leading into the 2017 BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival will be subject to the following security arrangements.

All persons entering will be subjected to the following minimum level of security screening:

  • 100% bag inspection
  • Random and continuous hand held metal detector screening

Given the recent incidents at overseas events, we have taken the opportunity to add an additional layer of security and comfort for our patrons.

We encourage all members attending Caulfield Race Day on the 1 July 2017 to allow extra time when enter the racecourse.

For further information, please contact the Membership department on 1300 GO RACE (46 7223)

Caulfield Village – A Members Experience

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Pauline Henthorn (MRC Member)

A New Lifestyle Unfolds at Caulfield Village

The response from residents just a few months after moving into Caulfield Heath, the first precinct in the prestigious Caulfield Village development unfolding next to Caulfield Racecourse, has been overwhelmingly positive, especially from MRC members.

For those residents now unpacked and enjoying their new Caulfield surrounds, the biggest single message is how the move has transformed their lifestyle.

Pauline Henthorn, aged 67, now spends her time between her holiday home in Rosebud and her new two-bedroom town home at Caulfield Heath, enjoying the best of both worlds.

“As a member of the MRC I’d been looking at what has been happening at Caulfield Village and I wanted to get in early to find my dream. I always wanted a ground floor townhouse and that’s given me an added feeling of space given the outside terrace. It has a real feeling of light and space,’’ she said.

Pauline has been a MRC member since 2011 and now has the added benefit of attending race meetings with just a short walk.

“I certainly have no excuse to ever miss the first race at Caulfield. I only need to walk out the front of the building and then I can go through the Maple entrance where the horses are stabled and I don’t even have to walk up to the front entrance,’’ she said.

Dirk and Collette Ruijs (MRC Members)

It’s the combination of the ability to get everywhere on foot around Caulfield (including regular trips to the local swimming pool) or the easy accessibility to the Caulfield train station which especially thrills Pauline.

Her love of the arts can be fulfilled by the short train ride into Flinders Street Station (she says during the day she never has to wait more than 10 minutes given the station is serviced by three different train lines) and then a walk across Princess Bridge to the Arts Centre.

“I’m one of those quintessential baby boomers downsizing and getting a new life and it’s like opening an oyster. I cannot thank the MRC and the people at Beck Property Group enough. I lived for 35 years in my beloved house and now I’m enjoying all that Caulfield has to offer. It’s great having a racecourse on my front doorstep,’’ Pauline said.

“With wall-to-floor windows there is an added advantage. We haven’t needed to have the heating on so far so our energy costs are right down, but our windows are tinted which adds to privacy,’’ she said.

Dirk Ruijs and his wife Collette, both aged in their 70s, moved into their King apartment (three bedrooms and a study) in October, having previously lived in an upstairs townhouse in Blackburn.

Collette, a long-time MRC member, enjoys going to the races, and Dirk enjoys the proximity to the city and St Kilda Beach and even visits to the iconic Prahran Market.

“We’re enjoying apartment living. Yes, there are more people, but it’s very quiet during the day. We’ve got a large apartment, facing towards the city and its very light with big floor to ceiling windows. There’s so much light we almost need our sunglasses. We’ve been very happy,’’ Dirk said.

Collette has got into the habit of walking to Caulfield Park in the morning and then dropping into a local café for a coffee. Dirk prefers an early trip to the gym located onsite at Caulfield Heath and then a short walk to the swimming pool where he pops into the sauna.

“The swimming pool is just a three to four-minute walk away. It’s a lot different to where we used to live in Blackburn for 40 years, but we’re really enjoying it,’’ he said.

Want to know more about Caulfield Village?

Please phone:

Veronica Murphy

M 0418 120 382 or E


Exclusive X-Golf Malvern Members Offer

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Just bring yourself and your best golfing buddy to X-Golf Malvern. Allow 2
hours, and experience 18 holes of the best indoor golf in the world.
Your score, handicap, and team name can be arranged on the day.
MRC Members play their first round FREE!

Visit and call 03 9822 0355 to book in.


2 X Walkinshaw V8 Racing Experiences
2 X Riversdale GC Memberships
8 X Members Passes to the BMW Caulfield Cup
2 X Scotty Cameron Putters
4 X MRC Memberships
2 X Pairs of Asics Shoes
2 X 1 Years Supply Of Callaway Chrome Soft Tour X Golf Balls
2 X Taylor Made Tour Staff Bags
Table of 10 Committee Room experience at Caulfield Racecourse


MRC Chairman’s Statement: Caulfield Cup

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You may have seen reports regarding proposed changes to the BMW Caulfield Cup in today’s media.

Specifically, around the prospect of the race being altered from a handicap to weight-for-age conditions, among certain other elements including increased prize money.

Please note that these are merely options that we are considering, and are not confirmed changes.

We carefully assess all of our major races after they are run each and every year with a view to exploring any possibilities that may improve them and their participation and stature locally and abroad.

And we embark upon a process of consultation with various industry stakeholders, clubs and participant groups as we navigate through evaluating our races.

In this instance, such a change would assist to ensure that more of Australia’s premier stayers, those best suited to running in a 2400-metre Group 1, would likely be assembled at Caulfield when in recent years they may not have – including the likes of Preferment, It’s A Dundeel, Criterion, Puissance De Lune, Hartnell and Fiorente. This prospect has been aided by the agreement by the VRC to alter the conditions of the Melbourne Cup regarding the penalty or re-handicapping traditionally applied to the Caulfield Cup winner, should the Caulfield Cup be run under weight-for-age conditions.

It would also enhance our prospects of recruiting superior stayers from abroad, further developing the reputation of our greatest event on the global stage.

It cannot be overstated that the Committee and executive of the Melbourne Racing Club has the utmost respect for the rich history and tradition of the Caulfield Cup, and in no way wants to see that diminished.

Any changes made to the conditions of the Caulfield Cup would be made only in absolute confidence that the quality and esteem of the race is enhanced both domestically and internationally.

We will seek to keep you updated as we continue through the process of consultation and approval required to consider such an important decision amid an exciting time for the club.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Symons
Melbourne Racing Club Chairman

Quarterly Mornington Members Update

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The Mornington Racing Club is excited for what is in store for our members on the Peninsula as we approach the 2017 Ladbrokes Mornington Cup.

It’s been a blockbuster start to 2017 at the Mornington Racing. Our four race meetings thus far in 2017 have seen 14,000 witnessing the racing action on course. Away from the summer of racing, the course has come to life with new and exciting events, including the sold out Red Hot Summer Tour and the Food Truck Festival which brought over 50,000 patrons through the gates.

The Mornington Racing Club is excited for what is in store for our members on the Peninsula as we approach the 2017 Ladbrokes Mornington Cup.

The recent renovation to the Mornington Members Reserve has elevated the Mornington Racing Club to be one of the premier entertainment facilities on the Peninsula and we are proud to have record membership levels and to have witnessed a strong growth in crowds over the 16/17 Racing Season.

The 2017 Ladbrokes Mornington Cup (March 25th 2017):

Ladbrokes Mornington Cup Day on March 25th 2017 boasts the nation’s most valuable country cup, with the feature race being the listed $300,000 Ladbrokes Mornington Cup.

The stakes are high as the winner of the race securing a guaranteed nomination into the 3 million dollar Caulfield Cup in October 2017.

With the Mornington Cup again featuring on a Saturday for the third year in a row, this race day is fast becoming the biggest country race day in Victoria.

Mornington Cup Day mixes the very best in horse racing with a social atmosphere to match.

With dining packages selling quickly, be sure to secure your spot on course by calling (03) 5975 3310 today!

The New Pegasus Rewards Program at Mornington:

We hope Mornington Members have been making the most of their membership with the new Pegasus Member Rewards program launch at Mornington Racing Club this Season. Mornington Members now receive benefits each and every time you attend the races.

Here are some handy tips to make the most of this program:

  1. Attend race-days at receive 200 points each and every time you attend a race-day
  2. Scan your membership card when making a purchase to receive 5 points per dollar spent
  3. Visit your online members portal – this is your guide to making the most of the program
  4. Redeem your points for dining and behind the scenes experiences through the portal
  5. Refer a new member and receive $25 credit instantly!
  6. Scan your card at the gate to redeem guest passes, race books and general admission tickets
  7. To check your points balance, visit the members portal or scan your card at any outlet at Mornington.

If you have any questions about your new rewards program, call our friendly membership team on 1300 GO RACE (46 7223).

MRC Owned Events at Mornington:

Mornington racecourse has fast become the best destination for family events on the Peninsula.

Splashland – The Inflatable Water Park for Kids! – 27th December – 8th Jan @ Mornington Racecourse

The MRC launched an inflatable water slide park for kids for the first time which has just been at Mornington from the 27th December until the 8th of January 2017. We hope you managed to take part in this great event. Over 17,500 patrons attended this event across Mornington and Caulfield.

Peninsula Picnic – Music, Food and Wine Festival – Saturday 1st April at Mornington Racecourse

With last years Peninsula Picnic a complete sell out, this popular food and wine festival will return again to Mornington Racecourse.

Our members on the Peninsula are encouraged to take up the exclusive members ticket discount of 25% by using the promo code MEMBER25 at

Gourmet Cinema – March 2nd – 12th

On the back of this events success at Caulfield Racecourse last Season, Gourmet Cinema will be extended over 10 nights this Season. Gourmet Cinema combines the very best of local produce and movie classics.

With different movies each night and a wide variety of different outlets, there is something for everybody.

All Mornington members will receive a 25% discount on tickets using the promo code MEMBER25 at

Guest Card Entitlement Changes:

On the back of direct member feedback at Mornington, the Mornington Racing Club is looking to re-introduce the additional second guest card to full Mornington Memberships under certain conditions.

The second guest card will be reintroduced as a reward for high race-day attendance in the prior Season. Those members who attend more than 6 race days in the 16/17 Season will be entitled to an additional guest card in Season 17/18 once they renew.

The Club will also issue a second guest card at its own discretion based on long term loyalty and engagement with the Club. Further details regarding the second guest card will be featured in your membership renewal information.

Be sure to scan your card at the turnstiles each and every time you attend a race meet at Mornington.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your loyal support as a Member of the Mornington Racing Club and we look forward to sharing our journey with you.

Tony Hancy
Chairman – Mornington Racing Club Advisory Group

MRC Member Forum, Q and A

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In conjunction with the Melbourne Racing Club’s commitment to communicate and engage more frequently with our loyal members, the Club held a Member Forum and Q and A Session in the Peter Lawrence room at Caulfield Racecourse on February 4th.

Sixty two MRC Members attended the meeting in the Peter Lawrence Room, with the MRC Chairman Mike Symons providing an update on Club initiatives including:

  • Membership Update
  • MRC Foundation
  • MRC Owned Events
  • What’s In Store For Members in 2017

Melbourne Racing Club Members then had the opportunity to take part in an open forum discussion with members of the Committee.

During the open forum session, a number of comments were raised by our loyal members. Please find a summary of the comments raised by members, along with the responses from our Committee below.

The Melbourne Racing Club are currently working on addressing the comments raised by members and you will find the follow up actions to these comments also included below.

Thank you for your ongoing support as a Member of the Melbourne Racing Club and we look forward to seeing you on course soon as we build towards the 2017 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes on February 25th.

Question/Comment (MRC Members)

The current offering at the Caulfield Glasshouse needs improvement.

Response From Committee: The club is concerned to hear this feedback and will address this internally with the management of the Glasshouse restaurant.

Proposed Club Actions: The CEO of Pegasus Leisure Group has called each of the members to who made comments regarding the Glasshouse to better understand the feedback and address the issues raised.

Is there any truth to the rumour that racing will end at Sandown?

Response From Committee: There is no truth to this rumour. No decisions regarding the future of Sandown have been made and all Members will be consulted before any decisions are made.

Proposed Club Actions: The Club will keep its Members informed throughout the master planning process and ensure Members are consulted before any decisions are made.

Why does the Glasshouse currently stamp MRC Members before entering the course?

Response From Committee: We will speak with the head of Pegasus Leisure Group to see if another alternative can be explored.

Proposed Club Actions: Hand held scanners have been purchased by Pegasus Leisure Group and are currently being tested before we remove the stamping process.

Would the Club explore a methane converter to help with energy cost savings?

Response From Committee: This is a great idea and is currently being explored by our ground staff.

Proposed Club Actions: The Club is still working through the viability of this option with the relevant stakeholders.

Concerns were raised in relation to the quality of the horse stalls.

Response From Committee: The Club is yet to receive any negative feedback in relation to the horse stalls from the trainers or industry staff.

Proposed Club Actions: The Club will proactively seek feedback from the trainers with the view of looking where improvements can be made.

Has an architect been employed to design a new grandstand in the gap area at Caulfield?

Response From Committee: No. The Club will not employ an architect until a long term lease at Caulfield has been secured.

Proposed Club Actions: Once the long term lease has been secured, the Club will explore all options for permanent facilities, including a new grandstand in consultation with its members.

The dining offerings are too expensive at Caulfield.

Response From Committee: The club regularly benchmarks its pricing with other venues and restaurants to ensure that MRC’s pricing is competitive. Particularly when it comes to beverage pricing.

Proposed Club Actions: The Club is working with our food and beverage team to look at other restaurant options at Caulfield at a lower price point as well as conducting our annual pricing review.

How was the Sub-Committee selected? How do you provide feedback to the Sub-Committee members?

Response From Committee: The Club received expressions of interest from a club email sent regarding the Sub-Committee. A formal letter was then sent to those who expressed interest and the group was locked down at this point.

Proposed Club Actions: The Member Sub-Committee group will be rotated regularly to ensure the Club has a broad range of different members involved.

Members can provide feedback online through the member feedback form, via email at or in person at the race day office.

Those without email do not receive all of the clubs communication.

Response From Committee: The Club still currently issues printed versions of the annual report, keeping track magazine and regular mailed updates. It would be cost inefficient for the club to mail every piece of communication (often twice weekly).

Proposed Club Actions: With the new online member portal, the Club encourages all members without a registered email to provide an email address.

The Members Millinery night entry experience needs drastic improvement.

Response From Committee: This is duly noted by the Club and we will work with the events team to make this process more efficient next Season.

Proposed Club Actions: The relevant stakeholders in the events team have been provided with this feedback and are working on a better entry experience for 2017.