Caulfield Racecourse is one of Melbourne, Australia's best-known horse-racing tracks. Commonly known as "The Heath" by local racegoers, it is located eight kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, on the boundary of Caulfield and Caulfield East in Melbourne's south eastern suburbs. It is home to the Melbourne Racing Club.
|Owned by||Crown land|
|Screened on||Seven Network|
|Notable races||Caulfield Cup|
Blue Diamond Stakes
C F Orr Stakes
The track has a triangular shaped layout, comprising three straights, 30-metre (98 ft) wide, with a total circumference of 2.08-kilometre (1.29 mi) and a finishing straight of 367-metre (1,204 ft). All turns have a 4% to 6% banking. Racing takes place in an anti-clockwise direction. The totally glassed in Rupert Clarke stand provides an uninterrupted view of the racecourse.
Caulfield has about 20 racedays each season and hosts some of the Australia's most famous and historic races including the Caulfield Cup, Caulfield Guineas, Blue Diamond Stakes, C F Orr Stakes, Oakleigh Plate, Underwood Stakes and Futurity Stakes.
The racecourse is on Melbourne tram route 3 and the journey takes about 35 minutes from the city centre.
Caulfield railway station is less than a hundred metres from the racecourse and is located on the Frankston, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines. Trains depart every 10 minutes from Flinders Street station in the Melbourne CBD.
Caulfield Racecourse provides disabled carparks opposite the main entrance on Station Street. Lift access to grandstands and disabled toilets are available. There is also a baby change room and first aid facilities.
The track was widened to 30-metre (98 ft) around the entire circumference and the straight lengthened by 43-metre (141 ft). The new racing surface has been cambered from the outside running rail with the crown of the track at the outside running rail. The banking on the turn into the home straight is 4 percent, while the other turns have an equivalent banking of 2 percent.
The following is a list of Group races which are run at Caulfield Racecourse.
|1||Blue Diamond Stakes||2YO||Open||sw||1200||February|
|1||C F Orr Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||1400||February|
|1||Caulfield Stakes/Yalumba Stakes||3YO+||Open||wfa||2000||October|
|1||Invitation Stakes/Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes||Open||Open||hcp||1400||September|
|1||The Thousand Guineas||3YO||Fillies||sw||1600||October|
|2||Angus Armanasco Stakes||3YO||Fillies||sw||1600||February|
|2||Pol Roger Stakes||3YO||Open||sw||1800||February|
|2||Caulfield Sprint/Dodo Internet Sprint||Open||Open||hcp||1100||October|
|2||Herbert Power Stakes/Winning Edge Stakes||Open||Open||qlty||2400||October|
|2||J J Liston Stakes||3YO+||Open||wfa||1400||August|
|2||St George Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||1800||February|
|3||Blue Diamond Prelude C&G||2YO||C&G||sw||1100||February|
|3||Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies||2YO||Fillies||sw||1100||February|
|3||HDF McNeil Stakes||3YO||Open||sw+p||1100||August|
|3||How Now Stakes||4YO+||Mares||sw+p||1200||September|
|3||Norman Robinson Stakes||3YO||Open||sw+p||2000||October|
|3||Thoroughbred Club Stakes||3YO||Fillies||sw+p||1200||October|
|3||Thousand Guineas Prelude||3YO||Fillies||sw+p||1400||September|
|3||W W Cockram Stakes||4YO+||Mares||sw+p||1200||August|
Aside from its use for racing, the Caulfield Racecourse is also used by the VCAA to examine students who are unable to attend examinations at their schools as well as by Open Universities Australia (OUA) and its universities for the end of the study period examinations. The facility is also used for end of semester examinations by universities such as Monash University. The UMAT is also held at Caulfield Racecourse.
- "A short outline of Caulfield Park and Paddy's Swamp". Friends of Caulfield Park. Retrieved 25 March 2011.
- "Caulfield Racecourse - Racecourse and Track Profile". Only Melbourne. 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2015.