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Interview - Neil Wilson chats with Gerard Whatelely

17 April 2024 Written by VRC

In an interview with Gerard Whateley on SEN, VRC Chairman Neil Wilson provided insights into recent developments within the club and the broader racing community. 

Addressing the eagerly awaited return of the Melbourne Cup Parade in 2024, Neil Wilson expressed his delight at the revival of this beloved tradition. Following its cancellation last year due to city construction, Wilson said that while logistical details are still being worked out, he knows that racing enthusiasts will be thrilled to see it back. 

Wilson also touched upon the resignation of CEO Steve Rosich, praising his contributions during his four-year tenure at the VRC and noting the ongoing search for a successor. Regarding the potential appointment of Gillon McLachlan as chairman of Racing Victoria, Wilson expressed his support, citing McLachlan’s skills, track record, and ability to foster positive relationships within the industry. 

With the upcoming ANZAC Day Race Day at Flemington, Wilson highlighted its significance on the club’s calendar. Dating back to 1961, the event serves as a poignant tribute to Australian and New Zealand veterans, fostering a sense of community and remembrance among attendees. “It’s an absolute privilege and honour for us at the VRC each year to conduct this race day on the 25th of April. It’s a very, very special day and many of our members and our patrons consider it the best day outside of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.” 

Finally, as applications close this week for the 2024 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour, Wilson emphasised the profound impact of the tour on communities across Australia and beyond across its 22-year history. Encouraging participation in the tour whatever way they can, Wilson highlighted the Cup’s incredible role in uniting communities through the shared excitement of horse racing.