Flemington Racecourse is a major horse racing venue located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is most notable for hosting the Melbourne Cup, which is the world's richest handicap and the world's richest 3200 metre horse race. The racecourse is situated on low alluvial flats, next to the Maribyrnong River. The area was first used for horse racing in March 1840.
Main grandstand during the 2013 Melbourne Cup
|Owned by||Victoria Racing Club|
|Screened on||Seven Network|
|Notable races||Melbourne Cup|
LKS Mackinnon Stakes
The Flemington Racecourse site comprises 1.27 square kilometres of Crown land. The course was originally leased to the Victoria Turf Club in 1848, which merged with the Victoria Jockey Club in 1864 to form the Victoria Racing Club. The first Melbourne Cup was run in 1861. In 1871 the Victoria Racing Club Act was passed, giving the VRC legal control over Flemington Racecourse.
The racecourse is shaped not unlike a pear, and boasts a six-furlong (1,200 m) straight known as 'the Straight Six.' The track has a circumference of 2.312 kilometres (1.437 mi) and a final straight of 450 metres (490 yd) for race distances over 1.2 kilometres (1,300 yd). Races are run in an anti-clockwise direction.
The course has a crowd capacity of over 120,000 and contains three grandstands. The biggest ever attendance was on Victoria Derby Day in 2006 when 129,069 people saw Efficient win the Victoria Derby. The racecourse has undergone a facelift in recent years, with the opening of a new $45 million grandstand in 2000 and the opening of a new members' grandstand in 2018. It also contains a bronze statue of the famous racehorse Phar Lap, which was donated to the Club as part of Australia's bicentenary celebrations in 1988. Also in celebration was the commission of Harold Freedman's seven panel mural which traces the History of Racing.. The mural is housed is in The Hill Stand, built in 1977.
Flemington Racecourse today hosts many of Australia's top races, including the Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby, VRC Oaks, Mackinnon Stakes, Newmarket Handicap, Australian Cup and Lightning Stakes.
The site has its own railway branch line, which operates on race days, bringing visitors to the adjacent railway station. Originally, it was serviced by Salt Water River station, before that was demolished in the 1860s and replaced with a station on the present site. Trains depart from platforms 8 and 9 at Flinders Street Station. The No. 57 tram from the City (Elizabeth and Flinders Streets) stops at the Epsom Road entrance.
Car spaces for the disabled are available and taxi ranks are located adjacent to the main entrances. Shuttle buses run from Epsom Road to the main turnstiles of the racecourse. Lift access is available in the Prince of Wales Stand and to the first floor of the Members Stand.
The following is a list of Group races which are run at Flemington Racecourse. All races in metres.
|1||Ascot Vale Stakes||3YO||Open||sw||1200||November|
|1||Australian Guineas/Cadbury Guineas||3YO||Open||sw||1600||February|
|1||Black Caviar Lightning||Open||Open||wfa||1000||February|
|1||Cantala Stakes/Emirates Stakes||Open||Open||hcp||1600||November|
|1||LKS Mackinnon Stakes||Open||Open||wfa||2000||November|
|1||The Age Classic||Open||Open||wfa||1200||November|
|1||VRC Oaks/Crown Oaks||3YO||Fillies||sw||2500||November|
|2||A.V Kewney Stakes||3YO||Fillies||sw||1600||March|
|2||Edward Manifold Stakes||3YO||Fillies||sw||1600||October|
|2||Hilton International Stakes||4YO+||Mares||hcp||2000||November|
|2||Rose Of Kingston Stakes||4YO+||Mares||sw+p||1400||October|
|2||VRC Sires' Produce Stakes||2YO||Open||sw||1400||March|
|3||Aurie's Star Handicap||Open||Open||hcp||1200||August|
|3||Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes||2YO||Fillies||sw+p||1200||March|
|3||Bobby Lewis Quality||Open||Open||qlty||1200||September|
|3||Chatham Stakes/Yallambee Stud Stakes||Open||Open||hcp||1400||November|
|3||Frances Tressady Stakes||4YO+||Mares||sw+p||1400||March|
|3||Hotham Handicap/Saab Quality||Open||Open||qlty||2500||November|
|3||Let's Elope Stakes||4YO+||Mares||sw+p||1400||September|
|3||Rory's Jester Stakes||3YO||Open||sw+p||1200||November|
|3||C S Hayes Stakes||3YO||C&G||sw+p||1400||February|
|3||VRC Carbine Club Stakes||3YO||Open||sw+p||1600||November|
|3||VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes||Open||Open||qlty||2500||November|
|L||VRC St Leger Stakes||3YO||Open||sw+p||2800||April|
- 100,000 and more — but nobody's counting Archived 4 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Insight into a nation's track record
- Flemington Racecourse National Heritage Listing Archived 27 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Flemington now a National Treasure Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "Flemington Racecourse, Victorian Heritage Register (VHR) Number H2220", Victorian Heritage Database, Heritage Victoria, archived from the original on 7 May 2011, retrieved 16 September 2010
- Australian Group races Archived 16 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine
- The Vanity 2008 result Archived 27 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine