Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Watch Live Racing FREE!
Sign-up now and Watch every Race Live and Free on your Phone!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Flemington’s traditional ANZAC Day racemeeting will hold special significance this year, forming part of Australia’s centenary commemorations.

Long an ANZAC Day institution, this year the raceday will mark 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War, while paying tribute to Australia’s courageous service men and women from all missions. Commemorations will highlight the role racing played in the lives of those serving and the contributions of horses and racing participants in war efforts.

VRC Chairman Michael Burn and RSL State Vice President Major George Logan RFD will lead a moving ceremony in the Mounting Yard. Current and returned service men and women are invited to participate, with many attending Flemington after services and marches across Melbourne. They will be admitted free to the raceday and will be shouted a drink at any bar on-course between 1pm and 2pm upon presentation of an appropriate badge, membership card or medal.

Racegoers can experience a curated ANZAC exhibition in the Flemington Heritage Centre and support the RSL by buying an ANZAC Day Appeal pin on course.

Les Carlyon AC—acclaimed racing writer, journalist and war author—has named four of the eight races after deserving ANZACs.

The time honoured VRC St Leger (2800m) for three-year-olds—a race older than the Emirates Melbourne Cup—highlights the exciting program, while the ANZAC Centenary Cup has been added, offering a 2600m staying test for older horses.

Jockeys riding the horse carrying the number one saddlecloth in each race will wear commemorative ANZAC silks.

Since 1857, even in wartime the VRC St Leger has been run each year, enduring as a beacon of hope during the nation’s darkest times. Races such as this and the Melbourne Cup were deemed too important to cancel.

In 1915, the Australian soldiers of the 1st Light Horse Brigade at Gallipoli famously organised a sweepstake for the Melbourne Cup with the results specially ‘cabled’ and then published in the Peninsula Press (the official trench newsletter). More than 136,000 horses served for the Australian forces in WWI, with only one, named Sandy, returning to Australia. Living Legend Maluckyday will represent Sandy in Saturday’s ceremony.

The 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup recently made a special visit to Gallipoli as part of the centenary commemorations.

VRC Chief Executive Julian Sullivan said the commemorations will acknowledge the role of WWI in shaping the nation.

“The centenary places even greater significance on what is Australia’s most important national occasion. It’s a privilege to recognise all the ANZACs who have served and remember those who lost their lives for Australia,” Mr Sullivan said.

Children under 16 are admitted free and can enjoy free activities on the beautiful Flemington lawn.

 
*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Leading trainers want Melbourne Cup date change

Trainer Danny O’Brien would like to see the whole spring carnival shifted and the Melbourne Cup run in the first...

Watch: Veteran jockey receives huge suspension for dodgy ride

A veteran jockey has been suspended for four months on a handling charge out of a race meeting in country...

Updated: Bomb threat at Eagle Farm halts races

A bomb threat at Eagle Farm has caused an indefinite delay at Eagle Farm on Saturday. The Eagle Farm races...

Watch: Worst moral beaten ever as jockey mistakes winning post

A jockey in France has cost punters and connections a certain win after mistaking the winning post. Jockey Maximilien Justum...

Watch: 3kg apprentice produces ride of the year

We’ve read so many stories lately about apprentice jocks not riding with vigour. And, if we’re being honest, we’ve reported...

Jenny Duggan recovering from horrific fall

Jockey Jenny Duggan has suffered multiple fractures after she was one of two riders involved in a serious race fall...

Watch: Damien Oliver cops spray after bad ride

Champion jockey Damien Oliver has coped a spray from trainer John Sadler after his ride on Beehunter at Flemington on...

The Goodwood Handicap results and replay – 2020

View the results and replay for the 2020 The Goodwood Handicap. The Goodwood Handicap was raced at Morphettville racecourse on...

Watch: $60,000 bet on 2YO first starter a painful watch

A punter with the TAB has had a rough start to the day with a $60,000 bet on a 2YO...

Watch: Star 2YO unearthed at Scone

Despite it being late in the two-year-old season fans may have witnessed one of the best at Scone on Friday....

Steven Pateman

Steven Pateman and his wife banned for three years

Champion jumps jockey Steven Pateman and his wife have been disqualified for three years on a cobalt charge. A dual...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...

 
 
Copyright © 2020 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.