On the 6th of May, 1858 the first Committee of the Bendigo Jockey Club was introduced.
Mr. J.A. Canton, who became one of Melbourne's noted Magistrates was the first club President. The first Cup at Bendigo was staged in 1868 and was then renamed the Sandhurst Cup with a horse named Old England to win the inaugural event.
In 1873, the Bendigo Jockey Club converted the track to left hand running and the grandstand which stood on the opposite side of the course was replaced by a new structure. This stand was replaced in November 1902 by the stand that still graces the Bendigo course to this day. In 1913 and through the Great War the course was occupied by troops and again during World War Two. Memorial gates were erected in 1985 in dedication to the memory of the Diggers of the Wars.
Today, the Bendigo Jockey Club is dedicated to offering the best country racing experience in Victoria. Situated approximately 150kms from Melbourne, the Bendigo course is one of the most picturesque racing venues in the state. The landscaping provides comfortable surroundings, while modern horse stalls and the large parade ring ensure ample opportunity for punters to study their favorites before race time.
The club hosts around 23 racing meetings each year and has its very own spring carnival which culminates in the popular Golden Mile race day, Mosstrooper Steeplechase, Beach Party race day and the Jayco Bendigo Cup, an important Melbourne Cup lead-up race. Tenant clubs Marong and Elmore also host cup meeting at the course throughout the year.
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It is a condition of entry that no prohibited Goods are brought on to the racecourse premises. The following items are considered Prohibited Goods:
Specifically, patrons are advised that BJC does not allow for outside caterers to supply food and/or beverages unless they are an approved sub-contractor of the Club.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be brought on course for the purpsoe of personal consumption in outdoor areas only. BYO food and beverages may not be consumed in the Grandstand, functions rooms or Terrace. Due to Liquor Licensing requirements, alcohol may not be brought onto or taken off the premises at anytime.
Please also not that it is a condition of entry to the racecourse premises that all bags and other carriers (such as drink coolers) are allowed to be searched for prohibited foods by the club's authorized representatives. The Club has the right to conduct metal detector searches for any prohibited goods. If found the Clubs authorized representatives will not allow prohibited goods to be brought on to the racecourse premises and may also prohibit entry to the racecourse premises of any person found to be in possession of prohibited goods.
Patrons refusing to be searched by the Clubs authorised representatives or who are in possession of prohibited goods will be refused entry and/or removed from the racecourse.
The Club also reserves the right to refuse entry and to remove any person that:
Dress Standards apply to all area of the Bendigo Racecourse. People wearing attire (including costumes or fancy dress) that could be considered offensive, lewd, derogatory, unsafe or could reasonably be expected to give rise to indecent exposure may be refused entry or removed from the course. Footwear must be worn at all times.
Spercific Dress Standards apply to areas within the racecourse, including (but not limited) Members Areas and function rooms. People not adhering to the relevant dress standards may be refused entry or removed from the relevant area. Costumes or fancy dress are not permitted in these areas.
A person may take images of activities at the racecourse for personal use and must not make available any images for comercial exploitation, sale or distribution in any manner unless accredited by the Club or Racing Victoria. Where the Club or the Stewards reasonably suspect that images are being taken for non-personal use, the person taking the images will be liable to immediate removal from the racecourse.
A person found breaching the Conditions of Entry is not entitled to a refund or any money paid for admission to the racecourse. These measures are in the interest of patrons safety and enjoyment, and the prtection of the Intellectual Property of the Club and racing Industry.
The co-operation of the public is assisting with these measures is greatly appreciated.
By Order of the Chief Executive
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Address: Heinz Street, White Hills, Bendigo
Train: V-Line transports passengers to Bendigo on a 90 minute express V-Line train. From Melbourne there are currently 20 services a day on weekdays, 15 on Saturdays and 12 on Sundays. Upon arrival to the Bendigo racetrack, follow Mitchell St until the fountain and make a right turn. Follow until you reach the suburb of White hills. Make a right turn at Heinz St. The racecourse is located on the left side of the road.
Car: From Melbourne, follow the Calder Hwy to Bendigo's CBD past the fountain. Once in the suburb of White Hills, make a right turn at Heinz St. The racecourse is located on the left side of the road.
Bus: Bus stops are only a 5 minute walk away from the racecourse. Bus's run direct to the racecourse only on Beach Party and Bendigo Cup days, with a gold coin donation.