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Ballan Jockey Club

In the Government Gazette of 8 May 1860, the Victorian Government set aside some 200 acres at the'intersection of the Moorabool River and the main line of road from Ballarat to Ballan' as a site for 'a racecourse and other purposes of recreation.' Subsequently, on 13 July 1860, Trustees were appointed - the first being Messrs Lyon, MacPherson, Pyke, Fisken and Edols. Although records are sketchy, it appears the first organised race meeting of the Ballan Jockey Club was conducted in 1862. NEW TRACKS The club raced on the Ballan site until 1969 when meetings were transferred to Dowling Forest, the home of the Ballarat Turf Club. Meetings continued there until 2001 when the Ballan Jockey Club and the Geelong Racing Club came to an agreement to hold the Ballan race meetings at the Geelong racecourse. This modern racecourse provides an outstanding venue for the conduct of the Ballan Cup meeting. Members attending this meeting receive full member privileges and discounted dining packages. The Ballan racecourse is now being used for pony club and other equestrian events. Some relics of the former racing days are still in evidence. These include the Judge's box and the running rail.

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Nov 07 Sat

Sportingbet Ballan Cup

Sat 07 Nov 2015 GATESOPEN 11:00 AM
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Enjoy the last day of the Spring Racing Carnival at Geelong, when the Ballan Jockey Club comes to town with its annual Cup meeting on Saturday 7 November, 2015.  The Ballan Cup is a feature ev...view more information


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.






BUS Taxis can be pre-booked to meet the train at Geelong South by calling Silver Top 131 008 Galaxy Limousines 0417 300 585 CAR The Geelong racetrack is reached after an easy 80 km drive from Melbourne CBD along the Princes Highway in freeway conditions. Continue on the Princes Hwy (M1) into Geelong until you see Kardinia Park (Geelong Football Stadium) on your LHS. The first major road past the park/stadium is Fyans Road. Take a left at Fyans Road and follow it until you cross a railway line (see further directions below) If you divert to the CBD of Geelong, take Moorabool Street (away from the Bay), after about 2 km you will pass the very obvious and impressive Geelong Football Stadium (on your RHS), and take a left at the next main intersection, Fyans Road. About 2km along this road you will cross over a railway line and wiggle around a roundabout - now look to your front/right for Breakwater Road (Geelong Showgrounds are evident ahead/right). Turn right at the Showgrounds corner. The course entrance to the Members'area is easily found on the LHS after 600m. Parking is FREE Take Breakwater Road (with the Showgrounds on your left) for 0.5 km and the racetrack is soon seen on your LHS TRAIN The nearest station, with connection to Melbourne is the South Geelong station which is the terminus for some Melbourne-Geelong services. The trip takes about one hour. The Geelong South Station is about a 15 walk from the racetrack, so organising a taxi or other transport is highly recommended. On Ballan Cup Day,Saturday 9th November 2013, the following V Line time tables apply Depart Melbourne Southern Cross - 10.00am 11.00 12.00 Arrive Geelong South - 11.00 am 11.55 13.00 Depart Geelong South 4.28 pm 5.28pm 6.28pm Arrive Melbourne Southern Cross 5.33 6.33 7.33

Membership Benefits for Season 2015/2016

  • Free entry into the Sportingbet Ballan Cup

  • Discounts on meal packages
  • Food in the Rimfire Bar overlooking the track
  • First notification of any events

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


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

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Contact the club via the following methods:


Phone: 0409 007913

Mail:  PO Box 499, Ballan, Vic, 3342



Ballan Jockey Club

Phone: 0409 007913