Notice of upcoming Annual General Meeting – September 26 2019

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Members are invited to nominate for three (3) vacancies on the Melbourne Racing Club Executive Committee ahead of the 2019 Annual General Meeting, to be held in the Committee Room, 3rd Floor, Rupert Clarke Grandstand, Caulfield Racecourse, Station Street, Caulfield, on Thursday, 26 September 2019 at 6pm.

Nominations must be submitted by 5pm AEST on Thursday, 22 August 2019. Please contact or 03 9257 7200  to request a nomination form. Should an election be required, further details will be communicated to members upon closure of nominations.

Emma Shelley and Cara Hardwick joined Michael Felgate in studio to talk about Stable Wellbeing

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Emma Shelley and Cara Hardwick joined Michael Felgate in studio to talk about Stable Wellbeing – an exciting project aimed to improve the mental health of stable employees, track riders and trainers at Caulfield and Mornington Racecourse by providing supported access to health and wellbeing programs as well as some onsite health activities.

Economic Contribution of the Melbourne Racing Club

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The Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), the organisation responsible for the Caulfield Cup Carnival, The Peninsula Picnic, Gourmet Cinema and almost 500 other annual events was responsible for a $463.9 million injection into the Victorian economy for the 2017 financial year, a new study has found.

In addition to the MRC’s economic contribution, the Club created an additional 1,952 full, part time and casual jobs, welcomed 2 million patrons and raised a total of $1.1 million through the Club’s charitable arm, the MRC Foundation.

The Economic Impact Study was commissioned by the Club and undertaken by Ernst & Young to investigate the level of economic value generated through its events, hospitality portfolio, activities and functions. The Club manages Caulfield, Mornington and Ladbrokes Park Racecourses, as well as eleven other hospitality and gaming venues in Victoria. The economic impact is identified as the total value of goods and services produced through activity by the Club.

The major contributor to the value driven by the Club came from gaming and ancillary revenue made through the Club’s then 13 venues managed under the Pegasus Leisure Group ($141.8 million).

Ongoing benefits associated with horse racing at the Club’s three tracks has seen an increase in prizemoney from trainers located at the Club’s training sites along with increased nominations further contributing to the economic value.

Significantly, almost half ($218.8 million) of the total contribution made by the Club to the economy was derived from non-racing activity; gaming and function and venue hire, highlighting the Club’s diversification into more events, hospitality and other interests.

Despite this, the Club’s racing events, including the Caulfield Cup Carnival and the 70+ other races conducted at the Club’s three racecourses, continue to be major drawcards for visitation for the Club, attracting 223,800 patrons across the year.

When compared to the figures presented in the previous study undertaken in 2014, the Club has contributed a further $62 million to the state’s economy in 2017. This has been attributable to:

  • The Club’s further diversification of its operational activities in its non raceday activity,
  • The expansion of its broadcasting rights to a number of jurisdiction’s
  • The ongoing investment in its Gaming portfolio and
  • The continued growth and quality of its racing product across the Club’s three tracks.

MRC CEO, Josh Blanksby, says the findings quantify the significant role the Club plays in its wider operating community.

“We are very conscious of the role the Melbourne Racing Club plays in the community,” Mr Blanksby says.

“We have put significant effort into diversifying the Club’s activities to ensure we continue to employ, engage and entertain the 2 million plus people who walk through our gates and doors each year.”

“While the Caulfield Cup Carnival and our spring race days are the jewels in our annual calendar, the Club has over recent years placed particular focus on our non-raceday activities, including our owned events and functions, which is evidenced by the $77.1 million in revenue attributed to our non-raceday venue hire business.

“We are also very aware of our responsibility to local communities, over and above our own operations, and this is why we will be looking to increase the $1.1 million in funds raised by the MRC Foundation this year and ongoing.”

The Economic Contribution of the Melbourne Racing Club report can be viewed in full here.

MRC Young Members continue the party at The Emerson

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Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) is excited to announce that The Emerson will continue their partnership with MRC Young Members Precinct during the 2018-2019 racing season as the official after party venue for the 2018 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival and the 2019 Summer Racing Carnival.

The partnership with The Emerson will see the following exclusive benefits for MRC Young Members:

  • Complimentary bus transfers from Caulfield Racecourse to The Emerson on Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day, Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day and Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Day
  • Priority entry to The Emerson from 6.00pm – 9.00pm (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
  • Two (2) VIP After Party experiences valued at $4,000 each to be won in the MRC Young Members marquee on Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day and Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Day

The popular three-storey rooftop bar, which is located only a few kilometres away from Caulfield Racecourse, provides the perfect venue to continue the celebrations after a day at the races.
Returning to its exclusive location on the centre stage of Caulfield Racecourse this Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival, is the MRC Young Members presented by PIMM’s precinct which provides members and their guests the ultimate race day experience.
With a premium food and beverage offering, live music and entertainment all day, plus the official after party at The Emerson, South Yarra, it’s no surprise this is an annual sell-out event.
The Emerson has special offers and incredible functions for 10 to 800 guests for MRC Members and friends: Please contact or (03) 9825-0900.

Scott Davidson joins the MRC Committee

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The MRC Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Davidson to the club Committee, assuming the position vacated by former Chairman, Mike Symons.

The MRC Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Davidson to the club Committee, assuming the position vacated by former Chairman, Mike Symons.

A member of the Club for five years, Scott is the majority owner and Chairman of QMC Logistics, one of Australia’s leading refrigerated supply chain providers, and is a Director of the National Road Transport Association, the largest member organisation representing the trucking and logistics industry.

Scott is also a successful racehorse owner and breeder, and has raced horses at Ascot, Meydan, Arlington and Tokyo. His horses include internationally bred Group One winners Jakkalberry and Crackerjack King, dual Group winner La Passe as well as Stakes winners Firehouse Rock and Rockolicious.  Scott currently has an exciting band of home bred 2 and 3 year olds emerging as well as the recent listed winner and progressive stayer Yogi on a Melbourne Cup path.

“As an avid racing enthusiast, to be involved with this preeminent Club is a real honour,” Davidson said of the appointment.

“It’s a changing time for the Club, and we are seeing a much broader diversity in age, gender and background represented on the Committee. I welcome the opportunity to provide a new perspective, and will be paying particular focus to how the Club can cater for the wants and needs of the average member.”

“Looking towards spring I am excited at the prospect of seeing some Japanese imports at Caulfield in October. With the increased prizemoney, it’s sure to be an outstanding field and it’s therefore a really thrilling time to be joining the Committee under our new Chairman, Peter Le Grand.”

The Committee, executive and staff of the club warmly welcome Scott to the Committee and look forward to working with him across the busy coming months and beyond.

Living Legends Tour

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MRC Members and their guests* are invited to join us this June at Living Legends, which is home to some of Australia’s finest retired champion racehorses, including legendary Caulfield Cup winners and Racing Hall of Fame horses.

Where: Living Legends – Oaklands Road, Greenvale
When: Sunday 17 June, 2018
Time: 12.00pm – 4.00pm

BBQ lunch, Devonshire Tea and Champagne will be provided.

Limited complimentary bus transport (departing from Caulfield Racecourse and return) is also available. Please ensure you select this option at the time of your booking.
Alternatively, parking is available at Living Legends.

Cost: $50.00

Click here to RSVP