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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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P. 0409 007913


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Ballan Jockey Club is a real country race club and its annual meeting is held at Geelong Race course.  The club members are from all over Victoria but mainly based in Ballan and Gordon - so the country comes to town to race!  


Members of the Ballan Jockey Club are advised that the

Annual General Meeting

Ballan Jockey Club

will take place at the

Plough Inn, Myrniong 

Thursday 24 October at 6.00 pm

 Business will include reports from the President and Treasurer and election of Committee members. Nominations for BJC Committee membership and any business should be advised to me in writing - Ballan Jockey Club, PO Box 499, Ballan 3342, prior to 13 October 2013.

 All members are respectfully invited to attend.

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 2013/2014

  • Free entry into the Sportingbet Ballan Cup
  • Discounts on shade packages
  • 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.


August 10 – Racing Rewards Day; August 14 – Western Health Community Raceday
December 21 – Christmas Raceday
January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 11 – Chester Manifold Stakes Day; January 18 – Summer Raceday
April 5 – Community Race Day; April 25 – Anzac Day
May 10 – Flemington Green Fields Raceday; May 24 – Andrew Ramsden Stakes Day
June 14 – June Raceday; June 28 – David Bourke Provincial Raceday
July 12 – Flemington Finals Day; July 19 – Flemington Winter Raceday


Two complimentary passes issued with every BJC Membership card

August 3
November 1, 15, 23, 29
December 20, 28
January 31
February 7, 14,21, 28
June 7


All non-feature race days


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, 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

Mornington Racing Club
Admission to members’ on non-feature race days

Geelong St Patrick’s Race Club
Admission to members’ areas for Geelong St Patrick’s Cup

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Ballan Jockey Club

Phone: 0409 007913