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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!

Be part of a big crowd and watch the famous Emirate Stakes on the big screen while punting on the local Cup. 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 day features the Cornerstone Rosebowl and the Sportingbet Ballan Cup, both races not to be missed.  Fashions on the Field entrants are mostly country girls with city sophistication - a lethal mix of beauty.

Children are catered for with jumping castle and face painting.

Bring a picnic and sit on the lawns or hire some shade or book a dining package in the elegant Silks Room with views over the track.  Packages should be booked early as they have been sold out in the previous two years.


Click here for information regarding the 2014 Annual General Meeting for Ballan.




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 2014/2015

  • 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

13 December - Western Health Community Raceday

20 December - Christmas Raceday   

1 January - New Year’s Raceday           

10 January - Chester Manifold Stakes Day          

17 January - Summer Raceday

31 January – January Raceday           

11 April - Community Raceday

25 April - ANZAC Day               

9 May - Flemington Green Fields Raceday               

23 May - Andrew Ramsden Stakes Day                

13 June - June Raceday   

27 June - David Bourke Provincial Plate

11 July - Flemington Finals Day

18 July - Flemington Winter Raceday




Two complimentary passes issued with every BJC Membership card

Specified dates in the Racing Calendar



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

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

Click Here to download Membership Application form

Contact the club via the following methods:


Phone: 0409 007913

Mail:  PO Box 499, Ballan, Vic, 3342


Ballan Jockey Club

Phone: 0409 007913