Flemington Racecourse

Horses jump from the barriers at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne

Melbourne’s picturesque Flemington Racecourse is home to the annual Melbourne Cup Carnival and is Australia’s most loved and famous track for thoroughbred racing.

Hosting all four of the Melbourne Cup Carnival Race Days, Flemington is host to some of the nation’s most prestigious elite-level races throughout the carnival including the world’s richest handicap race, the Melbourne Cup.

Victoria’s oldest metropolitan racecourse, the heritage listed Flemington Racecourse was opened in 1840 and is located along the flats near the Maribyrnong River creating a time-honoured and scenic venue for the best Australian racing action.

Flemington Racecourse and all the quality races run at the course are conducted and governed by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC).

The course and its tracks boast many unique features that make it a favourite with horses and trainers across the world, including its 1200m straight known as the ‘Straight Six’.

Racing at Flemington is conducted in an anti-clockwise direction, and the circumference of the course is 2312m.

As well as hosting some of the world’s best races, Flemington is also home to a plethora of stables and is one of the best horse training venues in Australia.

Historical features that add to the allure and tradition of the course include the Phar Lap Statue, the Birdcage, the stylish Member’s Grandstand and the high standing Hill Stand where spectators can enjoy the most advantageous views of the races.

Flemington Racecourse Fast Facts

  • Location: Flemington, Melbourne, Victoria
  • Opened: 1840
  • Governed By: Victoria Racing Club (VRC)
  • Feature Races: Melbourne Cup, Victoria Derby, Emirates Stakes, Crown Oaks
  • Circumference: 2312m
  • Straight: 1200m & 450m
  • Direction: Anti-Clockwise