PHILLIP Hughes stepped up to the crease at the SCG on Tuesday and was soon he on his way to what promised to be his 27th first-class century. But at 2.23pm the world stopped.

CRICKET Australia has promised a review into player safety in light of the Hughes’ tragedy, with particular emphasis on helmet regulations.

AS tough as the first steps will be, I hope Sean Abbott’s NSW teammates can coax him back into the practice nets at some stage, writes Allan Border.

CRICKET Australia have handled the awful task that befell them after Phillip Hughes’ tragic accident with exemplary calm and dignity.

HE is the patriach of cricket in Australia. Now Richie Benaud has lent his evocative narration to Channel 9’s powerful tribute to Phillip Hughes.

Melbourne Cup Carnival offer

Oct 01, 2013

MCC members will have an exclusive opportunity to experience VRC members’ facilities during the 2013 Melbourne Cup Carnival as part of the MCC's reciprocal arrangements with the VRC.

MCC members have the option to purchase:

Please note, all application forms need to be returned directly to the VRC.

Car site in Nursery Enclosure:

A car site in the Nursery Enclosure costs $210 on Melbourne Cup Day and $240 on Oaks Day.

A maximum of 12 pedestrian passes (at $85 each) applies on Cup Day and a maximum of 12 ($90 each) on Oaks Day.
*Please note, members can invite guests who are not MCC members to attend on both days.

Phar Lap Marquee dining:

Access to a hospitality package in the Phar Lap Marquee costs $285 on Derby Day, $280 on Melbourne Cup Day and $245 on Oaks Day, inclusive of course entry.

The package includes a glass of sparkling wine on arrival, three-course meal, complimentary coffee, full race coverage on LED screens, racebook and bookmaker, reserved dining seat in the marquee all day.

Beverages are additional and tables are shared tables of 10.

Further information about the Phar Lap marquee can be viewed here.

The link for the Nursery Car Park is   http://www.vrc.net.au/entertaining-dining/the-nursery/ and the Phar Lap marquee is   http://www.vrc.net.au/entertaining-dining/the-phar-lap-marquee/

2013/14 racing season:

In addition to these wonderful offers, MCC members can also enjoy many other race days during the 2013/14 racing season. 

MCC members will be able to access the Members’ Enclosure at Flemington and other courses for specified VRC-hosted race meetings and they may also introduce up to four guests.

Access to the Members’ Enclosure is not applicable for any other VRC race days.

Click here for the full listing of race meets.

For enquiries about any of the above information, please contact VRC Customer Service on 1300 727 575.