Ballan Jockey Club is a real country race club and its annual meeting is held at Geelong Race course. As the old racecourse in Ballan slowly deterioated, enthusiasm for racing did not and, while the club members are from all over Victoria but mainly based in Ballan and Gordon in the heart of the Moorabool Shire, the country comes to Geelong to race!
Ballan is the Capital of the Moorabool Shire and the Cup draws people from Ballarat, Greendale, Bacchus Marsh, Mt Egerton, Gordon, Napoleons, Blackwood, Beremboke, Gisbourne, Trentham, Creswick and Lal Lal and from as far afield as East Gippsland, Colac, Shepparton and the surrounds of Geelong.
The Ballan Farmers Market is offering produce direct from the farmer this year at the Ballan Cup at Geelong. Bring along a picnic and sample slow cooked pork rolls and bacon and egg rolls from Zed and Co Free Range Farms in Ballan; milkshakes and coffee from the Dairy in Dunnstown; local wines; unctuous cordials; home made sweets from Gordon; farmhouse cheeses and olives and olive oil from Mt Egerton.
The Ballan Cup is usually held on the last day of the Spring Racing Carnival, known at Flemington as Stakes Day, catering for families and children. The Ballan Jockey Club also caters for families and children with free jumping caste and face painting. This is a day full of fun and flavour when it is a punter's paradise with racing at its best during the Spring.
The feature races on the card are the Cornerstone Rosebowl and the Sportingbet Ballan Cup, both races not to be missed. Presentations of trophies to the winning connnections take place in the Mounting Yard with cups for the winning owner, trainer and jockey. A striking Medusa crystal bowl is presentated to the winner of the Cornerstone Rosebowl along with a free service to a stallion at the famous Cornerstone Stud at Angaston in South Australia.
Owners and Trainers are welcome in the Owners and Trainers Bar after the nominated race and free parking is provided on course.
Fashions on the Field entrants are mostly country girls with city sophistication - a lethal mix of beauty and style.
As children Under 17 are admitted free, families can bring a picnic and sit on the lawns or hire some shade with an umbrella package or a mini marquee. Packages should be booked early as they have been sold out in the previous two years.
Free entry into the Sportingbet Ballan Cup
Reciprocal rights have been obtained for admission to the Members’ areas at Metropolitan and Country Race Clubs, once
admission has been paid at the gate. Proceed to Raceday and Ticketing Office to obtain members’ enclosure ticketing. It
is advised to check first on dress codes.
VRC at Flemington
8th August; Racing Rewards Day
12 December - Western Health Community Raceday
19 December - Christmas Raceday
1 January - New Year’s Raceday
16 January - Chester Manifold Stakes Day
30 January - Summer Raceday
5th March - Australian Guineas
9th April - Community Raceday
25 April - ANZAC Day VRC St Leger
7 May - Flemington Mothers' Day
21 May - Andrew Ramsden Stakes Day
11 June - June Raceday
25 June - David Bourke Provincial Plate
9 July - Flemington Finals Day
23 July - Flemington Winter Raceday
MELBOURNE RACING CLUB
All weedday non feature and Sunday meetings at Sandown and Mornington
Once admission to the course has been paid, BJC members are advised to go to the Raceday Office and obtain members ticketing for the following dates:
August 1; September 25; October 30; November 13, 20, 28; December 18; January 2, 29; February 5, 12, 19; March 14; June 2; July 13 includes free admission.
Gives you access to Members’ areas once entrance has been paid at gate. Members
need to go to Race Day office to obtain ticketing. Members are advised to check
dress codes of club prior to visiting.
Geelong Race Club
Free admission to course and to members for the months of May, June and July
Ballarat Turf Club
Admission to members’ all days in year, with the exception of the Ballarat Cup, once admission has been paid
Warrnambool Race Club
Admission to members’ all days excluding May Carnival
NMIT Kyneton Park
Admission to members’ on all non feature days
Geelong St Patrick’s Race Club
Admission to members’ areas for Geelong St Patrick’s Cup
Contact the club via the following methods:
Phone: 0409 007913
Mail: PO Box 499, Ballan, Vic, 3342