Welcome in the Year of the Dog with a night of vibrant Chinese culture and racing at The Valley.
The Valley will be abuzz with traditional artistic acts including traditional dragon and lion dancers, an endless array of Chinese cuisine, a dedicated Melbourne City FC kid’s zone and even a FREE rice giveaway! Make sure you save the date and bring the whole family along to this not-to-be-missed cultural festival.
FREE ENTRY | Gates Open: 5.15pm - First Race: 6.30pm
The best way to get up close with all the racing action and entertainment acts on the main lawn.
Don't miss your opportunity to enjoy the hospitality at The Valley on March 2, 16 & 23.
Love The Valley? Don't only join us for Chinese New Year but the whole of Summer.
The performance stage will be abuzz with live traditional acts amazing the crowd. There will be everything from fire twirlers and contortionists, to dragon and lion dancers that are not to be missed!
We'll have roaming performers around the racetrack as well so you can't help but get caught up in the Chinese New Year spirit.
Grab your spot near the stage and be captivated.
Enjoy the finest of Chinese cuisine from the large array of food trucks and stalls on the main lawn - bringing a night market feel to the racetrack!
The Valley has partnered with the Australian Chinese Jockey Club for the third year to bring the Chinese New Year celebration to night racing.
Fill in your entry card and you could win two return Business Class tickets from Melbourne to Qingdao, thanks to Beijing Capital Airlines. Second prize is a Mitchelton winery experience.
The kids will just love the Melbourne City Fan Zone with jumping castles, soccer clinic and giveaways located on the North Hill.
Seen as an auspicious blessing for the Chinese New Year, we will be giving away FREE 1 kilogram bags of SunRice - but be quick they won't last long!
Jamie Pi will be back to broadcast Race 5 for the evening to on-course patrons in Mandarin.
To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Guide Dogs Victoria will be bringing their 'Puppy Playpen' to the North Hill with six of their furry friends.
The eighth running of the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes named in honour of the 2009-2010 Australian Racehorse of the Year.
This Chinese art exhibition embodies the communal celebration and the coming together in connection with others - located in the Octagonal Lounge.
We'll have eight races to compliment the off the track action and even have special saddle cloths for horses carrying number 8 - it's lucky in Chinese!
A Chinese dress worn for special occasions, Qi Pao is a symbol of timeless beauty and these dresses will be paraded after Race 3 on the main stage.
Gates Open - 5.15pm
First Race - 6.30pm
Car - The Centre Car Park is located in the centre of the race track. Entry is from Dean Street or Wilson Street near the freeway via gates 6 or 7. Members' parking via Gate 1 on McPherson St. Public can enter the centre parking via Wilson St Gate 7. Train - Craigieburn line from Flinders St Station, stops at Moonee Ponds. MVRC is a 10 minute walk down Puckle Street.Tram - No.59 tram from Elizabeth St arrives directly at Moonee Ponds junction. MVRC main entrance is a 200m walk.Taxis - Taxis can be located after the races on McPherson Street. There is also a designated Taxi rank on the corner of Mt Alexander Road and Pascoe Vale Road.
Relaxed: Gentlemen (including children 13 & over) are required to wear a collared shirt (polo shirts not permitted) with tailored trousers or chinos. No tie is required, and suit coat, sports coat or blazer is optional. Dress shoes or leather boat shoes must be worn.
Not Permitted: Any variation of runner including joggers, sandals, thongs or any dilapidated footwear. Denim and denim-look clothing, jeans, jodhpurs, shorts, shirts without a collar, polo shirts, parkas, windbreakers, tracksuits, jackets including bomber jackets, duffle coats, untailored leather jackets, peaked caps, beanies, pullovers or cardigans without a jacket, sporting guernseys.
MVRC is a progressive club and has adapted it’s dress code to suit current fashion trends. Ladies are expected to maintain a suitable standard of dress in keeping with the distinction of the Members’ Reserve.