Flemington Racecourse is a major horse racing racecourse in Melbourne, Australia, and is most notable as the home of the Melbourne Cup. It first opened in March 1840, and the first Melbourne Cup was run in 1861, and has been there ever since.
The venue is a pear shaped 1.27 square kilometre track, featuring a famous six-furlong straight known as the “Straight Six”. The course has seating for over 120,000 spectators, and the Melbourne Cup draws a full crowd every year.
Approximately 40 races per year are run at Flemington, ranging from smaller, niche races to general interest spectacles. The Flemington Racecourse is an essential part of Melbourne’s horse racing history, and will likely to continue to be as long as horse racing is a popular sport.
Nothing else can quite capture the excitement of a horse race, the pounding hooves against the ground and the rumbling through the grandstands, the tense excitement of the crowd.
Horse racing is a great spectacle, and what better place to see it, then at one of Melbourne’s most historic horse racing tracks, Flemington Racecourse.
The Race Club holds numerous racing meetings every year with the most famous being the Spring Racing Carnival which hosts the “The Melbourne Cup”, the most prestigious race in Australia, which is held on the first Tuesday in November.
The four-day carnival at Flemington Racecourse also has other feature races like the Victoria Derby, Crown Oaks and the Emirate Stakes.
Racedays: Special trains run direct to Flemington Racecourse on racedays.
Flemington Racecourse-bound trains depart Flinders Street Station and/or Southern Cross Station, stopping at North Melbourne Station, then express to Flemington Racecourse.
Non-racedays: Catch a train to Newmarket station (Craigieburn line) and then either walk (10mins) or take the No. 57 tram to Flemington Drive (stop 30).
All train services are wheelchair accessible and passengers who need help boarding trains should wait on the platform near the front of the train.
From the corner of Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street catch the No. 57 West Maribyrnong tram to Flemington Drive (stop 30).
Please note, low-floor trams do not run on Route 57 and it is therefore recommended passengers using a mobility aid should catch the train to the racecourse.
Catch Route 472 bus from Williamstown, Footscray or Moonee Ponds to Fisher Parade. Enter Flemington Racecourse via Riverbank entrance.
Catch Route 404 bus from Footscray or Moonee Ponds to Smithfield Road. Enter Flemington Racecourse via Stables Drive entrance.
Flemington Race Track Contact Details
448 Epsom Road, Flemington VIC 3031
Ph: 1300 727 575
1000m – Races begin in the chute off the main straight. Barriers have little influence as it is a straight race from start to finish.
1200m – Also started in the chute and thus also provide a straight race from start to finish.
1400m – Begins in a chute off the main track. The horses runs straight into the home turn and makes inside barriers greatly important.
1600m – Inside barriers are of high importance over this distance as the short starting chute leads straight into the home turn, which finds the field spending more than half of the race on the turn
1800m – No chute here, the race starts on the course’s back straight and runners gallop for about 300 metres before hitting the home turn. Inside barriers are favoured.
2000m – Commencing at the start of the back straight gives runners more time to jostle for position, inside barriers are still at an advantage.
2500m – The field jumps at the start just a small distance before the start finish post and the first turn, inside barriers lose a bit of the advantage that may have been enjoyed in shorter races.
3200m – Getting back to the chute on the home straight, these longer races start with a run of about 1000 metres before the first turn is reached thus making the barriers little or no importance.