The Moonee Valley Racecourse hosts races for Thoroughbred horses. Located in Moonee Ponds (a suburb of the City of Moonee Valley) in Victoria the Moonee Valley Racecourse is a focal point for Melbourne horseracing.

The track is owned by the Moonee Valley Racing Club and has a StrathAyr Turf System with a lower layer of sand and an upper layer of reinforced mesh. Horses race anti-clockwise around the 1,805 metre track which features the shortest finishing straight in Australia at 173 metres. There is a 965 metre harness racing track within the turf track.

The course was established by William Samuel Cox in 1883. Moonee Valley Racecourse is freehold land owned by a private club which makes it an unusual track in Melbourne. Major races taking place at the track include the Manikato Stakes, the William Reid/Australia Stakes and the Alister Clark Stakes.

The course hosts Australasia’s richest weight-for-age horseracing championship every October, the W S Cox Plate. This championship is contested over 2040 metres for horses of three years old and over.

Getting There

By Car

Refer to Mel ways map reference 28 K5.

Members’ parking is available via Gate 1 on McPherson St. Public.
Public can enter the centre parking via Dean Street Gate 6 or Wilson St Gate 7

By Train

Craigieburn line from Flinders Street Station, stops at Moonee Ponds Station.
MVRC is a 10 minute walk down Puckle Street.

By Tram

No. 59 tram from Elizabeth Street arrives directly at Moonee Ponds junction.
MVRC main entrance is a 200m walk.

By Taxi

A taxi rank is located on McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds.

Moonee Valley Race Track Contact Details

McPherson Street, Moonee Ponds Vic 3039

TEL: 1300 THE VALLEY (1300 843 825)

Moonee Valley Racecourse


1000m – Barriers do not have much importance here. These races start in a chute near the second turn. Once competitors jump, they head down a straight that cuts out the third turn and heads directly to the final turn, linking up with the course proper at the 600m mark. Because the opening 400m long straight heads diagonally across the middle of the circuit, it makes for a long sweeping final turn before the home straight.

1200m – Inside barriers are an advantage here. Beginning in a chute leading onto the back straight, competitors travel 300m before reaching the first turn. Exiting the first turn sends competitors on a short 200 odd metre dash before the final turn.

1600m – Action begins on course proper just after the first turn. Runners cover 400m before hitting the first of three turns. Barriers are not as important as the 1200m races.

2040m – Moving to the home straight, competitors only have 200m before they hit the first turn which gives inside barriers more chance of finding a good position to settle in for the remainder of the race.

2600m – Inside barriers have only a slight or no advantage over such a distance. It’s a 400m stretch until the competitors hit the first of five turns.

3000m – Starting in the same chute as the 1200m races, barriers do not come into play at this distance.