Melbourne Racing Club honours lost champions

The Melbourne Racing Club will commemorate the two champions of Australian racing to die last week – Vo Rogue and Northerly – by naming races in their honour at Wednesday’s Sportingbet Park meeting.

Race five on the card to be held on the Lakeside track will be the Vo Rogue Handicap and race seven the Northerly Handicap.

As part of the tribute to each fallen turf hero, the Club will host connections of both Northerly and Vo Rogue, who will award the winners of each race with commemorative trophies in official presentations.

Vo Rogue will be represented by Garry Roberts, who famously bought into the gelding after he had risen to prominence, while the Kersley and Duncan families, owners of Northerly, will be represented by Judy and Christopher Cain, widow and son of Bob Cain, who penned the 2005 book Northerly: The Unlikely Champion.

Both horses enjoyed significant success at Melbourne Racing Club tracks: Northerly’s two group one wins at Caulfield included an unforgettable victory in the 2002 Caulfield Cup when creating a modern-day weight-carrying record, while Vo Rogue won seven races at MRC tracks, which comprised a trifecta of C.F. Orr Stakes, fittingly all run at the site of Wednesday’s tribute.

The Vo Rogue Handicap will be run at 2.30pm and the Northerly Handicap at 3.40pm with the official presentations to be held following the announcement of correct weight for each race.

As with every midweek meeting at Sportingbet Park, admission to the racecourse on Wednesday is free.