Caulfield Racecourse is one of Australia’s most famous horse racing tracks. Caulfield is a big fixture in Melbourne where the track is located. The Melbourne Racing Club is located at Caulfield.
Caulfield Racecourse is around eight kilometres from central Melbourne and is often referred to as “The Heath” by locals. This track is triangular in shape, the three straight lines being 30 meters wide and turns with 4% to 8% banking. The finishing straight in 367 meters. This is 43 meters more than before the major reconstruction that took place after the 1995 Caulfield Cup. This reconstructive work also included the widening of the track to 30 meters.
Spectators can watch the race, which takes place in an anti-clockwise direction, from the Rupert Clarke stand. This glassed in stand allows visitors to watch the entire race without any interruptions.
The track has around twenty race days every season including some of the most famous and prestigious races in Australia, In addition to the racing at Caulfield, many well known Victorian trainers and over 500 horses call Caulfield home.
The Caulfield Cup ranks among the top five races in the country and is run in mid-October each spring.
Frankston, Dandenong, Cranbourne and Pakenham lines depart regularly from Flinders Street to Caulfield Station, located directly opposite the course. The journey from the City takes approximately 15 minutes. Additional services are provided during peak times.
Racegoers can catch a Route 3 or 3a tram and alight at Stop 56. From the city, Route 3 travels along Swanston Street and St. Kilda Road and operates weekdays only. Route 3a travels along Swanston Street, St Kilda Road and St Kilda Beach and operates weekends only. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes. From East Malvern, Route 3/3a services travel along Waverley Road.
Access to Caulfield is available from Stud Park Shopping Shopping Centre, Wellington Road, Monash University (Clayton) and Chadstone Shopping Centre via SmartBus Route 900. Travel time from Stud Park is approximately 50 minutes. Route 624 buses from Kew, Auburn Station, Tooronga Station and Holmesglen Station also operate to Caulfield.
Caulfield Race Track Contact Details
22 Station Street, Caulfield East VIC 3145
Ph: 1300 467 223
1000m – Races commence in a chute just off the main course. There is a 650m stretch before the home turn, inside barriers have a slight advantage.
1100m – Similar to the 1000m races as nothing changes other than the extra 100m until the turn.
1200m – With the chute a further 200m, it still gives inside runners a slight advantage before hitting the home turn.
1400m – Races now head to the back of the track into a small shoot protruding from the main course. This is where inside barriers are of vital importance as runners only have a 200m dash before they hit the first out of two turns.
1600m – This is the shortest distance where competitors leave the barriers on the main course. The horses hit the first turn earlier in the curve than the 1400m, so it still only gives them 200m of straight running at the beginning and is once again a big advantage for inside barriers.
1800m – The action now goes right to the back part of the course and the starting run to the first turn is increased to 400m. It’s still short enough to give inside barriers a notable advantage.
2000m – This distance is also advantageous for the inside barriers as races begin in a chute at the end of the final turn. The inside barriers have a bit less of an advantage than in 1600m – 1800m races, but a small one nonetheless.
2400 – Barriers don’t come into play much over this distance where races start at the top of the home straight. With competitors facing three tight turns throughout the race, it pays not only to have good speed, but also good stamina.