Flemington Racecourse

The most prestigious horse racing venue in Australia is Flemington Racecourse and is most known for the Melbourne Cup.

It's owned by the Victoria Racing Club and was originally opened in 1840.

The track is located West of the Melbourne CBD and just north of Footscray.


List of Important Races at Flemington Racecourse

The most important race in Australia and at Flemington Racecourse is the Melbourne Cup.

It's the richest 3200 metres race in the World as it offers the most prize money.

It sees horses from around the globe travelling to Melbourne on the first Tuesday in November for the ultimate glory.

Along with the Cup, Flemington Racecourse also hosts 12 other Group 1 events.

  • Group 1 - Melbourne Cup (3200m)
  • Group 1 - Victoria Derby (2500m)
  • Group 1 - LKS Mackinnon Stakes (2000m)
  • Group 1 - Cantala Stakes/Emirates Stakes (1600m)
  • Group 1 - Newmarket Handicap (1200m)
  • Group 1 - Australian Cup (2000m)

Flemington Racecourse Track Details

The track at Flemington is very versatile as it can be used for flat Racing, Jumps and Steeplechases.

The shape of the track can be likened to a pear and races are anti-clockwise.


Flemington Racecourse History

The history of Flemington Racecourse dates back to 1840 when the track was first opened.

In 1848, the Victoria Turf Club leased the course for Racing and they first held the Melbourne Cup at the track in 1861.

1871 saw the Victoria Racing Club Act pass and this gave the Victorian Racing Club full control over the track.

Overall, the Racecourse can hold approximately 120,000 people and the current crowd record was set in 2006 on Derby Day.


Flemington Racecourse Map


This is not an official Flemington Racecourse website. The information on this page is solely the view and opinion of the author and should not be considered an official source of Flemington Racecourse information.


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