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Join us for an evening of fascinating racing stories and the latest Club news at Inside Headquarters Live. 

Our special guests for the evening will be champion jockey, Glen Boss, who rode Makybe Diva to victory in three consecutive Melbourne Cups, Jack Bongiorno, part owner of Lunar Flare, who has recently won ballot exemption into this year's Lexus Melbourne Cup, and Shelley Reys whose father is the only First Nations jockey to ever win the Melbourne Cup.

Each speaker has been touched by the wonder of the Melbourne Cup and will bring their passion and stories to the stage for a night not to be missed.

Members and guests will also hear the latest VRC news from Chairman, Neil Wilson, and CEO, Steve Rosich, and will be invited to engage with the team in a live Q&A. Plus, there will be live entertainment and fabulous door prizes up for grabs on the night.​

The evening includes two complimentary beverages and a delicious light supper, which will be served from the beginning of the event. Additional drinks can be purchased from the bar.

Registrations now open.

EVENT DETAILS:

 

DATE: Tuesday 11 July 2023 

 

TIME: 6:30pm arrival, 7:00pm start. 9:00pm finish.

 

LOCATION: The Atrium in The Grandstand, Flemington Racecourse 

 

PRICE: This is a FREE event, but registrations are essential 

 

TICKET LIMIT: 1 Member, 1 Guest

 

DRESS CODE: Smart casual


INCLUSIONS 

  • Complimentary light supper
  • Two complimentary glasses of beer, wine, sparkling or soft drink
  • Additional drinks can be purchased at the bar
  • Panel discussions with key racing personalities
  • Fabulous prize draw

Guest Speakers

Jack Bongiorno

Jack Bongiorno

For Jack Bongiorno, the magic of the Melbourne Cup never fades. A sales director at high-end Melbourne real estate agency Marshall White, Jack won the Cup in 2013 as a part owner of Fiorente and is hopeful that this year his Graeme Begg-trained mare, Lunar Flare, will give him another Melbourne Cup win.

Lunar Flare made headlines last year when she won her way into the 2022 Cup via victory in The Bart Cummings (2500m), only to be scratched the morning of "the race that stops a nation™". This year she has once again earned herself a ballot exemption into the Lexus Melbourne Cup after winning the Lexus Andrew Ramsden (2800m).​

Jack has several pre-race superstitions; he won’t touch the Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy and never takes part in Melbourne Cup sweeps. Owning runners in the race has taught him that the lead-up is something to be savoured because the outcome may not always match an owner’s dreams.

Glen Boss

Glen Boss

Glen Boss is one of Australia’s most accomplished and successful jockeys. He left school at 15 to pursue a riding apprenticeship and achieved exemplary results in his early riding before relocating to Sydney where his career flourished.​

Glen has since gone on to win 96 races at Group 1 level, including three consecutive Melbourne Cup victories aboard Makybe Diva in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Glen was an inductee into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2015 and upon his return from riding in Singapore to Australia in 2019, has once again highlighted his position as one of the all-time greats of Australian racing with victories in iconic events such as The Everest, The Golden Slipper, The Golden Eagle and The Cox Plate.

Shelley Reys

Shelley Reys

Shelley Reys is the daughter of Frank Reys, the only First Nations jockey to win the Melbourne Cup. This year, Shelley is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her father Frank’s Melbourne Cup win aboard Gala Supreme in 1973.

Shelley has spent the past 30 years as a leader in the corporate, Indigenous and reconciliation spaces. She is the CEO of Arrilla Indigenous Consulting, Partner and Board Member of KPMG, Board Member of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Chairman of the Council of the Order of Australia.

Her exceptional leadership has been pivotal in driving positive change and promoting inclusivity. Shelley has been named by The Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence and was awarded the prestigious Officer of the Order of Australia.