To our members,
Welcome to your Keeping Track Spring 2020 edition.
I always look back on past editions of this publication before penning this message and unsurprisingly I was struck by how much can change in a few short months. We have no Whisky, Wine and Fire or Peninsula Picnic events to remember, nor memories of our members being able to attend the MRC’s hosting of the second running of the All-Star Mile. Our annual Easter Egg hunt sadly did not take place and we have not witnessed joyous owners accepting their trophies on race days. We have missed all those race meetings we love to attend.
Yet, in a year of cancellations, forgone plans and restrictions there are still some things we can and should celebrate.
Thankfully, some parts of the business have been able to continue in a limited capacity. Our Pegasus Leisure Group business is serving hundreds of local community members via take away and home delivery every day, which is not only keeping our skilled staff in work, but is also providing a service to our communities that is much needed.
Racing has also persevered, albeit under very tight regulations, due in no small part to the discipline of all participants, and essential elements of the training and work that our trainers, stable staff and jockeys perform.
Our intel says that interest for our great sport has been channelled via virtual mediums, in the face of the lockdown. More people than ever have been tuning in to Racing.com and Channel 7’s coverage of our race days and online wagering has seen significant increases.
The work of our MRC Foundation continues and has included providing care packages to stable staff in the early stages of lockdown. Earlier in the year we raised an incredible $80k for bushfire relief, in addition to close to $900k in annual fundraising for it’s ongoing projects.
Caulfield Village has gone from strength to strength in the past 12 months with another 390 apartments, a public plaza and new street completed by our development partners. The next stage will commence construction shortly and includes a large neighbourhood retail centre which will add further amenity to the racecourse precinct.
As we prepare for a Carnival in the time of COVID, I am very pleased with how hard the Club has worked to bring you an event that all of our members can enjoy, albeit not on course.
The quality of our fields remains top notch, indeed we are enjoying the highest number of nominations into the Stella Artois Caulfield Cup in five years.
Neds Caulfield Guineas Day, which I have always rated the finest day of racing in the country, is shaping up to be yet another incredible display of local and international talent, underpinned by four Group 1s.
Let’s Bring It Home is the sentiment we hope you bring with you into October. Let’s bring the elation and thrill of the race day experience into our homes. Allow us to bring to you some of your favourite culinary experiences from our marquees, restaurants and trackside venues with our Super Boxes. Make sure you order early. Let’s celebrate and champion our local racing talent that are set to step into the limelight on one of the world’s great race tracks.
The 2020 Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival will surely be one for the books. I hope that when we look back on this time 12 months from now, we remember the important things. May this year’s Stella Artois Caulfield Cup Carnival be remembered as that which continued in spite of a global pandemic, due to the determination, commitment and willingness of participants and administrators to adapt and abide. It will be a very different and disappointing experience for all our loyal members but let us make it as enjoyable as possible in our homes and experience the occasion with enjoyment even if far away.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support of our club.
Kind regards and good punting,
Peter Le Grand
Melbourne Racing Club