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Flemington racecourse is the home of Australia’s richest race the Melbourne Cup and is arguably Melbourne’s and Australia’s most well known and prestigious racecourse. The racecourse itself is situated in Melbourne suburb Flemington next to the Maribyrnong River, horse racing has taken part in this area of land since 1840.

The Flemington racecourse is made up of 1.27km of Crown land. In 1848 the the racecourse was leased to Victoria Turf Club which merged with Victoria Jockey Club in 1864 to form what is now called the Victorian Racing Club or in short the VRC. In 1871 Victoria Racing Club Act was approved which gave the Victorian Racing Club control of Flemington racecourse.

The first Melbourne Cup to be run was in 1861 which was won by a horse called Archer, you can view our page listing the Melbourne Cup winners.

The racecourse itself can be said to look like a pear (we have made an image of the racecourse below), the full circumference of the racecourse is 2,312 metres with the straight being 450m. The Melbourne Cup is run over 3200m thus runners start in the Straight extension also known as the ‘the Straight Six’ which refers to the 6 furlong (1200m) straight, before making a full completion of the racecourse.

Flemington racecourse comprises of three grandstands and can hold a total of 120,000 people with the biggest attendance ever to the racecourse was on Victoria Derby day in which 129,089 patrons came through the racecourse to see Efficient win the feature race.

The racecourse has a bronze statue of arguably Australia’s most famous racecourse ‘Phar Lap’ which was donated to the club in 1988.

On Melbourne Cup day 2006 (7th November), Flemington racecourse was added to the Australian National Heritage List.

Apart from the Melbourne Cup, Flemington hosts the following Group races at its racecourse throughout the year:

Group Race Name Distance Date
1 Ascot Vale Stakes 1200 November
1 Australian Cup 2000 March
1 Australian Guineas/Cadbury Guineas 1600 February
1 Cantala Stakes/Emirates Stakes 1600 November
1 Myer Classic 1600 November
1 Lightning Stakes 1000 February
1 LKS Mackinnon Stakes 2000 November
1 Melbourne Cup 3200 November
1 Newmarket Handicap 1200 March
2 Salinger Stakes 1200 November
1 The Age Classic 1200 November
1 Turnbull Stakes 2000 October
1 Victoria Derby 2500 November
1 VRC Oaks/Crown Oaks 2500 November
2 A.V Kewney Stakes 1600 March
2 Blamey Stakes 1600 March
2 Craiglee Stakes 1600 September
2 Edward Manifold Stakes 1600 October
2 Gilgai Stakes 1200 October
2 Hilton International Stakes 2000 November
2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes 1400 October
2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes 1400 March
2 Wakeful Stakes 2000 November
3 Aurie’s Star Handicap 1200 August
3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes 1200 March
3 Bobby Lewis Quality 1200 September
3 Chatham Stakes/Yallambee Stud Stakes 1400 November
3 Frances Tressady Stakes 1400 March
3 Hotham Handicap/Saab Quality 2500 November
3 Maribyrnong Plate 1000 November
3 Matron Stakes 1600 March
3 Let’s Elope Stakes 1400 September
3 Rory’s Jester Stakes 1200 November
3 Standish Handicap 1200 January
3 C S Hayes Stakes 1400 February
3 The Vanity[7] 1400 February
3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes 1600 November
3 VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes 2500 November


What type of track is Flemington?

Flemington races on a turf track and boasts one of the longest straights in Australia at 450m.

Where is Flemington Racecourse?

Flemington Racecourse is situated in the Melbourne suburb of Flemington next to the Maribyrnong River.

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