The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) considers equine health and wellbeing a top priority at Flemington Racecourse.
Hundreds of people dedicate their time to ensuring the best possible care for thoroughbreds during training and race day activities.
Measures have been implemented at Flemington to ensure the health and safety of our equine athletes during training, racing and recovery at Australia’s premier racecourse.
We aim to ensure that every horse who performs at Flemington is in top condition.
The VRC Equine Wellbeing Fund supports and enables several initiatives to help ensure the continued wellbeing of racehorses across all stages of their lives. A significant percentage of public ticket sales and VRC annual membership fees have been redirected to the Fund for the care of racehorses.
Ongoing contributions will enable the Club to continue to provide a world-class experience for all equine athletes and ensure that the VRC is recognised globally as one of the leading race clubs in this regard.
The Club has appointed a Horse Wellbeing Officer to oversee its fast-tracked horse wellbeing initiatives and to work with the industry and all its stakeholders to ensure that this substantial financial contribution will be used to address the need for improved equine welfare practices.
Equine welfare initiatives
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) prioritises the health and welfare of all horses at Flemington.
Alongside the industry’s governing body, Racing Victoria, the VRC aims to ensure that good welfare outcomes are achieved for thoroughbreds before, during and after racing.
Take a look at the measures put in place by the VRC and the broader industry to uphold the highest standards of health and safety for horses training and competing at Flemington.
Off The Track Program
The Off the Track program by Racing Victoria aims to facilitate the placement of retired thoroughbred racehorses in second careers by promoting the network of Racing Victoria Acknowledged Retrainers across the state, driving demand for the breed as performance and pleasure horses and educating the community about the various life after racing options, versatility of use, and the appropriate care and retraining of the thoroughbred.